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Past TracksFrom Wintersleep's third album, 2007's Welcome to the Night Sky, "Weighty Ghost" may be one of the most rousing, life-affirming songs about psychological and spiritual dislocation--or, possibly, death--you'll ever hear. There's an echo of Graceland- or Rhythm of the Saints-era Paul Simon here, with layered acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies playing over sustained organ chords, and inventive, big-feeling beats from a rhythm section that (as I think Johnny Marr once said of Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke) might have made Elvis a bigger phenomenon than he was. If the lyrics are morbid, they're oblique, too--waking up unable to see my face; a ghost staring back who won't give his name; confusion about who you are and what you mean to do to me with those knives--and the effect of their juxtaposition with the music is, well ...

Happy Halloween.

Wintersleep / "Weighty Ghost"

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He has written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow Times, The Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory. Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, co-published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the National Endowment for Democracy, and a lecturer in history and politics at Yale University. He has also worked with McKinsey & Company's New York-based Knowledge Group on global public- and social-sector development and on the economics of carbon-emissions reduction. Gould has a B.A. in history from McGill University in Montreal, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in politics from Yale. He is from Nova Scotia.

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