Quiet Takes – “Ghosty Was Here”


“Ghosty Was Here” is an atmospheric, hypnotic track from Quiet Takes, the project of Sarah Magill. Quick-pulsing synths reflect amidst flickering acoustics as haunting vocals ask “how’s the weather on the other side?” An ensuing guitar effect adds a chilling mystique. “We know what it feels like,” Magill sings during a soaring bridge, guiding seamlessly back into the hypnotic verses. “Ghosty Was Here” touts a nocturnal, laid-back appeal while also touting a striking atmospheric power.

Magill elaborates more on the track below:

“I’m an introvert who needs a lot of alone time to function, but I wasn’t prepared for the mental and emotional fallout of pandemic isolation. Even weekly studio work and the occasional outdoor friend catch-up session weren’t enough to quell the doom-feeling that all my social structures were crumbling. I had minor panic attacks for the first time in my life. Even though I knew I needed to reach out to Real Live Humans on a regular basis, social overtures felt increasingly difficult the longer as the long-haul pandemic loneliness sunk in. I’d get sick to my stomach even asking for connection from people I had solid friendships with. I wrote “Ghosty Was Here” while trying to process that isolation- and lack-of-hugs-driven unease. Post-vaccination, that Ghosty voice is much quieter, but social interactions still feel a bit shaky and uncertain to me. There’s a kind of sweet vulnerability in admitting that—and making space for others feeling the same way.”

“Ghosty Was Here” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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