From 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 ...
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