Snow Ghosts Meticulously Portray Death & Mourning on 'A Quiet Ritual'

The British trio’s third album is finally here.

By
Music
449 Hypes 0 Comments

British trio Snow Ghosts, consisting of singer-songwriter Hannah Cartwright, producer Ross Tones, and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Knowles have had a fervent relinquishing of the electronic scene over the past eight years. In 2013 the trio gracefully swanned into the scene with their debut album A Small Murmuration, following it up with 2015’s album, A Wrecking, and 2016’s EP, Husk. Much of the bands sound relishes in ominously melancholic tonalities — Cartwright’s brooding vocals are expertly paired alongside deeply distorted production and immensely layered instrumentation. It’s no surprise that the group’s recent album, A Quiet Ritual, is centered around themes of death and grief, offering up an equally dark yet sensual aural experience.

After releasing their carynx-heavy lead single “Rip,” their desolate cut “Heavy Heart,” and viscerally-grim “Ribcage,” the album has finally graced audiences at-large. The new project mandates itself with the same sonic sensibilities as previewed with the previously released tracks. It is notoriously bleak in an approachable manner, with Cartwright’s vocals appropriately contrasting the gloomy instrumentals. Much of the sounds from the album are crafted in superbly experimental ways, effectually taking instruments to new lengths that allow them to relish in newfound darkness. And while much of the singer’s songwriting is placed within the aforementioned themes, Cartwright’s ability to cast light onto such harrowing topics in such a manner is powerful in and of itself, as these are conversations that are innately part of the human experience.

You can stream Snow Ghosts latest effort, A Quiet Ritual, below.

In case you missed it, Vampire Weekend just dropped their latest album.


 

View this post on Instagram

 

This is how we recorded the guitar swells on the new album. The piano strings vibrate when the guitar is played in to it and produces a wonderfully coloured reverb that can stretch up to 30 secs. The sustain pedal has to be held down, in this instance by a crate of beer hidden under the blanket. ? The piano has a story to it as well, as was saved from being sold by a 7yr old @throwingsnow. It had been bought by his grandfather, who saw it being built. It had to be stored for 20yrs before finally being resurrected but in that time it had been badly water damaged and become horrifically out of tune. This gives it an amazing personality when used as a resonating reverb. As the record is about personal rituals surround the loss of loved ones, it was nice to imbibe the music with some personal history. . . . . . . #aquietritual #recording #reverb #piano #guitar #voxamp #studiotech #newmusic #album #houndstooth #musicstories #musicgeek

A post shared by Snow Ghosts (@snowghostsband) on

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

1426 Users Online

What to Read Next

Diplo's 'Higher Ground' EP is Full of House-Heavy Summer Hits
Music

Diplo's 'Higher Ground' EP is Full of House-Heavy Summer Hits

Bringing back the EDM sound from the late 2000s.

PnB Rock Drops His New Album 'TrapStar Turnt PopStar'
Music

PnB Rock Drops His New Album 'TrapStar Turnt PopStar'

Quavo, Tory Lanez, Diplo and more are featured on the LP.

Best New Tracks: Lil Tjay, TOKiMONSTA, Jack Harlow & More
Music 

Best New Tracks: Lil Tjay, TOKiMONSTA, Jack Harlow & More

The heat keeps on coming.


Tyler, the Creator Introduces More New Music
Music

Tyler, the Creator Introduces More New Music

Is an album on the way?

UPDATE: Virgil Abloh Responds to Criticism Regarding Off-White™'s Lack of Employee Diversity
Fashion

UPDATE: Virgil Abloh Responds to Criticism Regarding Off-White™'s Lack of Employee Diversity

Social media had some things to say about the brand’s recent staff party.

Porsche Divulges Stunning 917 Concept Study Imagery
Automotive

Porsche Divulges Stunning 917 Concept Study Imagery

A possible peek at the company’s next hypercar.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.