The Ghost is not one to partake in New Year’s resolutions, as they are far too easy to break. Still, I aim to enter the new year reinvigorated, ready to bring focus to the great musical talent found in Dallas and throughout our state. While it will be impossible for me to promise I will maintain a consistent output, I would certainly welcome the ability to spending more time tending to our music community.
The original goal was to bring Ten for Your Attention This Tuesday, with all brand new 2021 releases. That will be my goal for next week, and anyone who will be releasing new tunes by next Tuesday definitely needs to Talk to The Ghost about it. In the meantime, I do want to share two releases from the end of last year that do not deserve to be overlooked.
The first is from pop singer-songwriter Caroline Baker, who performers under the moniker of JMES. Her latest single “Ready to Love Again” is a subtle yet infectious pop love song about falling in love. The track was inspired by her current relationship with her boyfriend, currently serving in the military. In her own words, “I caught myself falling for him very quickly and I didn’t want to let go of that feeling, or him,” and that the song is about “not wanting to let go.” The song may feel somewhat understated in its performance and delivery, and yet that works in the song’s best interest. JMES has managed to create a song that can tug at the heart strings that avoids all the cliches and pitfalls typical in ballads. “Ready to Love Again” is a feel good song that the listener will be ready to listen to repeatedly.
The second song is from Aztec Milk Temple, a band fronted by former lead singer of The Orange, Scott Tucker. “Milk” finds the band diving deeper into the grunge end of the musical pool than was explored on their first single, “Digital Natives”. The one common thread between the tracks is Tucker’s examination of the effect of technology on our everyday lives. Oh, and the song rocks. It rocks hard.