While most of us kicked up our feet and retreated into the sordid world of binge-viewing over these past few months, London-based trio Ghost Of Our Former Selves has been hard at work. Not the type of folk to let a silly pandemic get in the way of their love of seventies soul and songwriting, the group instead took that time to focus on their craft, rustling up a bunch of new material for their sophomore album, Night Church, even going as far to master some of the tracks over Zoom!
Announcing their return in sonic style, the group are charging forth with their new single “Sea of People” – an effort detailing the impact that over a year of lockdown has had on musicians and artists alike. “I had a huge yearning to share an emotional experience with a crowd of people,” explains frontman Theo Brehony, “that’s something we’ve been deprived of during the pandemic. As a musician, I was questioning whether we as a society still value artists during this time. Will the music be there when we come back? How are we going to be interacting together in future?”
The resulting track fuses the playful tenacity of The Police with the funk-filled swagger of Jamiroquai, a thrilling up-tempo ode to the spirit of live music. “Sea of People” was made to delight crowds of thousands, hence the name, all of whom would give their left leg to lose themselves in a rush of synths and bass right now. It’s a fresh breath of nostalgia for a time where the future seems so uncertain, as if the past is all we have. And, as tunes go, it’s pretty bloody catchy too.
Check out “Sea Of People” below…