Yellow Ostrich‘s 2011 album The Mistress caught my attention because of standout tracks like “WHALE” and “I Think U Are The Ghost”, and their follow-up Strange Land officially locked them in as one of my favorite up-and-coming artists. In the year between those two releases, it was apparent the band and their songwriting had matured, with tracks such as “Daughter” and “Marathon Runner” delving deeper and experimenting more sonically than I thought capable. Yellow Ostrich has taken that maturation and gone one step further with “Ghost,” the subdued title track off an EP they will be releasing later this month. The bare-bones percussion and instrumentation feature a compressed drumbeat, simple keyboard play, and reverbed electric guitar that helps carry the spectral vocals along. If this is a taste of things to come, then my decision to buy a ticket to their show at Black Cat on October 27th seems like the best idea I’ve had all week.
Yellow Ostrich’s Ghost EP comes out October 23rd via Barsuk.