CoyoteBear – ‘Too Many Ghosts’


Consuming in its stylishly foreboding rock, folk, and Americana interweaving, Too Many Ghosts is the new album from CoyoteBear, a band based in Lafayette, IN. The album pursues an autobiographical thematic appeal, traversing across the realms of human experience in explorations of “depression, addiction, poverty, paranoia, and learning to live with death.” A compelling tonal range showcases, from the Bourbon Street feeling of brass and debonair vocals within “It’s All Good,” strutting shades of Nick Cave, to the scorching bluesy rock ardency of “A Couple of Days.”

Another highlight comes in the form of “We’re All Gonna Die,” morbid in its titular declaration and maintaining that grim artfulness throughout. Whirring guitar escalations drive into warnings like “look both ways before you cross the street,” while reminding of our imminent demises; it’s also a great display in vocal range, ascending seamlessly from murky contemplation to enthusiastic cautions. The finale “Dyin” continues the everyday-living thematic engrossment. “Just like that, it’s goodbye,” the concluding track exudes aptly, resonating in its country-friendly twangs. Too Many Ghosts is a riveting accomplishment from CoyoteBear.

“Black Lead Balloons” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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