Tracks of the week: new music from Ghost, Mastodon and more

So here we are once again, in the playground of broken hearts.

That’s what Marillion’s Fish sang in 1983, but he could easily have referred to last week’s Tracks Of The Week contest, in which three songs reached the rock’n’roll triumph podium while five were forever banned in the trash. of musical ignominy.

So congratulations to Carol Hodge, whose The moan of a thousand years swept all the others to let off steam at the top of the pyramid, while Joanne shaw taylor’s Losing three times and the Ghost dogs’ Half my fault fell right next to it.

And now? It’s with this week’s show.


Ghost – Hunter’s Moon

With Halloween just around the corner, Tobias Forge returns with Ghost’s first new music in two years – which also happens to be the end credits for the upcoming horror movie (John Carpenter soundtrack), Halloween kills. Carpenter can bring chills, but Ghost has the disco lights we all need after being scared; with the kind of prog pop-come-70s quality that builds on the previous LP Prequel. If ABBA had made the soundtrack for this movie, they probably would have written something like this.

SKAM – The Deadliest Sin

The Leicester power trio know how to party with the best of them, but on The deadliest sin they show their pensive side and it’s pretty lush. Accompanied by a big old baton chorus in the head, the sullen and grungy sweetness at work made us think of the Foo Fighters’ Learn to fly getting manhandled by Soundgarden. It’s a DIY outfit, but at their best, SKAM is giving big boys a generous run for their money. Check out this and more on the new EP Venous (continuation of the previous one Intra), which is now available.

Dead Sara – Hypnotic

Ten years ago these rockers from Los Angeles were hot stuff, with a single suckerpunch Meteorologist pick up radio parts and turn lots of heads. Since then, they have continued relatively quietly. Now they’re back with a new album and a speed-shifting poptastic single that keeps its title promise. It’s hypnotic. A smooth sugar rush that swirls the garage, ’90s production vibes and a feel-good feel in a delicious milkshake, it’ll make you forget about your troubles, if only for a few minutes.

Joe Bonamassa – Clocks

For most of his career, Joe Bonamassa has adapted better to labels such as “guitar hero” rather than “songwriter” – a blues guy with big solos, as opposed to a rock star with big songs. In recent years, this balance has started to change. The songs became the focus, without dropping the guitar. Now, with this headline from his next album (a touching and moving ode to the passage of time, with hints from the Who’s release in the 70s), it feels like he’s fully “arrived”. We love this song because it’s a great song, backed up by first-class guitar action – not the other way around.

The Velveteers – Father of Lies

Fresh out of sessions with Dan Auerbach and gigs with Guns N ‘Roses, among others, the Colorado trio devastates us once again (in a good way) with this delightfully dark earworm – its growling grooves and threat. Stooges-y offset by Demi Demitro’s haunting, hazy vocal choruses. “Father of Lies is having a little devil who likes to sit on your shoulder and whisper in your ear,” says the singer / guitarist. “It’s about fighting the evil voices in your head.”

Gwyn Ashton – Runaway Loner

On this languid and leathery blues rock, ax Welsh-Aussian Gwyn has teamed up with bassist Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Brian May Band, Gary Moore), Mark Stanway on organ (Robert Plant, Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam, Magnum) and drummer John Freeman (Fraternity – with Bon Scott, Mickey Finn). Eschewing polish in favor of a loose, raw bite and swagger – embellished with a sultry organ and accompanying vocal hum in the chorus – he’s a dark horse in a way.

Mastodon – Drinker of Tears

Mastodon is a band whose music doesn’t always live up to their album cover art, but we have high hopes for album number nine, Silence and sinister. Previous single Pushing the tides was deservedly epic, just like tear drinker. It is music on the scale of a weather system; It’s the soundtrack to a tornado in the prairies or a great storm at sea, with riffs that sway and bubble and bubble with inclement intention. Plus, there’s a nice video with the guys in the group diving into a mystery box.

John Mellencamp feat. Bruce Springsteen – Lost Days

Although they have shared a scene on several occasions, John Mellencamp and Springsteen have never recorded together before, but that is changing right now. Days lost finds the duo in a thoughtful mood, two of music’s oldest statesmen having nothing to prove but a lot to say on a song that feels both fally and festive. For all those who have enjoyed the laid back charm of the glorious of The Boss Western stars album, it’s more or less the same, and there’s literally nothing wrong with it.