Music Review of ‘Shedding Skin’ by Ghostpoet: A Haunting Mix of Styles

March 17, 2015 9:25 PM

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Music Review of ‘Shedding Skin’ by Ghostpoet: A Haunting Mix of Styles

At the heart of the music of Obaro Ejimiwe, who works as Ghostpoet, is his deep, smooth rumble of a voice and a thick London accent that is anything but posh. He eschews the term “spoken-word artist,” but he doesn’t quite sing nor does he employ rap’s rapid rat-a-tat-tat. Locking into the music’s down-tempo rhythm, he lets his street-life stories unfold as if in conversation, and the effect is mesmerizing, as demonstrated on his recently released “Shedding Skin” (Pias America).

The album is Mr. Ejimiwe’s first with a rock quartet, and the presence of guitar, bass, keyboards and drums adds texture and energy to his moody electronic music. The new approach signals systematic growth. Echoing with traces of trip hop and dubstep, “Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam” (2011), h...

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