Los Angeles Americana roots quintet The Sound of Ghosts have been making waves, offering up a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. The young collective has a sound that is a culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock’n’roll.
Consisting of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele), Ernesto Rivas (lead guitar), Phoebe Silva (fiddle) and Jon Sarna (drums), the group has pushed the boundaries of typical Americana and created an ever-evolving sound, demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds. They seamlessly weave elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between, a eclectic range of sounds that is the result of each member bringing a different perspective.
The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from Leukemia. Lamb was was one half of the acclaimed band Brown Bird with his wife that was named NPR’s folk group of the year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him. James Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band The Sound of Ghosts, which was the title of Brown Bird’s first album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be constant reminder of his love for music.
On January 19th the band will release their new album Delivery and Departure, a collection of songs filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience. Anna Orbison explains, “I hope it inspires people to look at the world in a little different way. Notice the things around you… that’s what we write songs about”.
Today Glide is excited to premiere “Perfect Pair”, one of the more rollicking tunes on Delivery and Departure. With colorful harmonies and a foot-stomping beat, the group’s singers jump in and out of the song while Phoebe Silva’s rustic fiddle sounds dance around behind them. It’s hard not to want to dance along to the group’s infectious, rootsy Americana sound, which beckons the listener to catch them perform live.
The Sound of Ghosts release Delivery and Departure on January 19. For more music and info visit thesoundofghosts.com.