Obaro Ejimiwe, AKA Ghostpoet has a voracious and wide-ranging musical appetite: he praises everything from psychedelic rock band Gentle Giant to Beth Gibbons’ bleak folk album with Rustin Man via John Coltrane along with Serge Gainsbourg, Don Cherry, Caribou and Terry Callier. It’s telling that he gravitates towards one-of-a-kind auteurs who create their own musical worlds because on his newest release, the Meltdown EP (Released Today via Play It Again Sam/[PIAS] America), the Mercury Prize-nominated Ghostpoet has done just that.
Adding electronica to that palate, Ghostpoet collaborated with the UK-based recording artist Squarepusher to create a stylish remix of the EP’s title track. “Meltdown” is the disarmingly honest tale of one of those break-ups where both parties simply drift apart. The scarring lyrics “you and me weren’t meant to be and someone somewhere knew it from the start” expertly encapsulate everyman honesty of thought, emotion, and shoulder-shrug acceptance of failed love. Listen to it courtesy of Noisey HERE and share the MP3 that has just been made available HERE.
The Meltdown EP is the second release of Ghostpoet’s, following 2010’s Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam. But throughout, even when it plays second fiddle to the invention of the sounds, Ghostpoet’s lyrical voice is the compelling thread running through all of his albums.
“My lyrics are never about one specific thing, not even a particular subject matter,” Ghostpoet explains. “It’s all stream of consciousness that picks up different things at the same time. I want the listener to make up their own mind as to what the song’s about…But from the beginning I wanted to continue writing about the ups and downs of life: not just about me, but all sorts of people, known and unknown.”
Not since Massive Attacks ‘Blue Lines’ has a heavy heart and urban dread been so absorbing” – Q
”Ghostpoet serves up his bruised, tender hat with the steely precision of a master sushi chef.” – Mojo
“That Murky world of electro clicks ticks and cosmonaut synths that Thom Yorke has been dipping into for years, Ghostpoet lives for real.” – The NME