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Posted January 10, 2023 by Mike Mineo in Singer/Songwriter
 
 

John Laprade – ‘Giving up the Ghost’ EP

Photo Credit: Barney Miller

Ranging from the title track’s rousing anthemic rock to the heartrending folk of “It’s Alright,” the Giving up the Ghost EP is a versatile, melodic success from Nashville-based artist John Laprade. Produced by Chris Cubeta at Studio G in Brooklyn, the EP serves as a thematic “break-up” between Laprade and his previous home for 25+ years, New York City.

The tender strings and shanty-friendly acoustics craft an intimate allure on the opening “Landlocked Lighthouse,” emphasizing the grounding nature of one’s enduring love. Referencing their beloved as a “landlocked lighthouse,” who is “shining like a star from up above,” the effort stirs with its adoring, professional nature.

The ensuing “It’s Alright” evolves from quaint folk into a more expansive soaring. “The simplest things can tear you apart,” the vocals admit amidst twangy guitars, sighing “at least you’ve got a song in your heart.” The call to artistic expression plays strongly here and throughout the stellar EP, whose self-titled track also stands out with harder-rock reverberations, showing shades of Matthew Sweet.

All songs on the album are written by Laprade, with the exception of “Landlocked Lighthouse,” which is written by Laprade and Barney Miller.

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“Giving up the Ghost” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2023’ 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. Send your music to [email protected].