Song of the Day: Ghost Wave - Here She Comes

CMJ, Song of the Day
10/18/2013
Jacob Webb

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week’s featured songs come from artists performing during KEXP’s broadcast from CMJ Music Marathon 2013. Today’s song is “Here She Comes” by Ghost Wave from the 2013 album Ages on Flying Nun Records.

Ghost Wave - Here She Comes (MP3)

If there's one lasting rock tradition to come out of New Zealand, it's the jangly Dunedin sound immortalized on so many Flying Nun records, and 30 years on, the Dunedin spirit remains alive in Ghost Wave. Formed in 2009 by guitarist/vocalist Matthew L. Paul, the band recorded an initial EP before signing on to Flying Nun and self-recording and producing their debut Ages in - where else - Dunedin. The band's integration of spacious and jangly sounds fits Paul's melodic gifts well across the album's ten tracks, straddling the line between '80s shimmer and modern lo-fi's snarl. "Here She Comes" glides across in a lo-fi haze that recalls a darker take on another song titled after a woman in motion. The songs's propelling guitars fall somewhere between surf rock and space rock, but they take a backseat to Matthew L. Paul's nasally vocal as it echoes through the song. "Here She Comes" feels like a garage rock song, but a smart one at that; one that carefully shows its fuzzy layers piece by piece so that the listener can soak them in one at a time before taking it all in.

Ghost Wave are closing out KEXP's broadcast from CMJ Music Marathon 2013, playing on today, Friday, October 18th at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST. Keep up with the band on their website and Facebook, and watch the video for "Here She Comes" below.

Related News & Reviews

Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Crystal Antlers - Licorice Pizza

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Af...


Read More
CMJ

KEXP at CMJ 2013... our final day!

Today, we wrap up our 3-day broadcast from Judson Memorial Church in NYC during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon. Tune in from 9AM to 5PM Seattle time to hear exclusive live performances from HAERTS, Eleanor Friedberger, The Dismemberment Plan and Ghost Wave.


Read More
CMJ Live Reviews

KEXP at CMJ 2013, Day 2: Ski Lodge

It's pretty perfect that the frontman of Ski Lodge shares a surname with the guitarist for The Smiths since their sound is totally reminiscent of those Manchester legends.


Read More
CMJ Song of the Day

Song of the Day: The Dismemberment Plan - Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week’s featured songs come ...


Read More
Click anywhere to return to the site