Siobhan Donaghy / Ghosts
In the tradition of Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins, the ex-Sugababe Siobhán Donaghy (pronounced Donnahee) propelled herself into a place somewhere high above the usual air in which pop music floats. There aren't many artists like this anymore, are there? Siobhán isn't selling her private life or her body or her haute production team. Ghosts is a beautiful and adventurous album written and recorded in a French chateau with a talented producer named James Sanger.
Siobhán said she wanted to make a record that was meaningful and quirky. She waltzes all over the pop map in terms of song styles, but the ultimate effect is "rococo" pop. Even the b-sides, like Don't Take Me Back and Givin' In, were sublime. Here is what I said last spring after finally hearing the whole CD:
Clearly, Siobhán has spent long hours lying on her floor listening to Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, and Tori Amos on her big headphones. The record has a really wide scope, from the Kate-ish backwards trilling on the title track to the "swaying" pop of So You Say. Medevac swoops and pounds while our lass wails about being "strung out." My current favorite is the glistening folk/orchestral ballad There's A Place. This album is a pleasing combination of glorious pop laced with bits of Anglo weirdness.At the start of 2007, Siobhán gave away the title track (below!) for free on her myspace page. I wrote the above text on March 28, a full three months before the album was released. I suspect many people did not pay for it. Had they done so, they'd know that Ghosts has the most beautiful album packaging of the year. The artwork perfectly complimented the music, with disturing and (literally) ghostly photos by Floria Sigismondi.
Siobhán Donaghy Don't Give It Up video
Siobhán Donaghy So You Say video [I don't like this one!]
Siobhán Donaghy Ghosts fanmade video
Siobhán Donaghy Medevac live at Popstarz
Siobhán Donaghy There's A Place live at AOL - pretty!
Siobhán Donaghy Interview
Favorite tracks: Medevac, Halcyon Days, So You Say, Sometimes, There's A Place
Thanks to Zarko @ Design Scene for the new photo