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Ghosts Go Blind *

Album: Ghosts Go Blind *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Not Ready To Stop
2)    Fumbling For the Light
3)    Washing Away
4)    Blind To the Blues
5)    Staying In
6)    Ghosts Go Blind
7)    Speed of Light
8)    Some Sweet Relief
9)    Notes Remain, The
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  • For much of the band's early existence, Ola Podrida founder David Wingo split his time between the bedroom folk solo project and composing scores for films. Wingo's first two albums were soft, mumbly acoustic affairs, but with an inescapable sense of underlying narrative running throughout. For third full-length Ghosts Go Blind, Wingo has expanded from his shut-in home-recording ways to form a full band and record mostly live in the studio, but even with these advances in sound, it's hard to escape the cinematic underpinnings that characterize Wingo's work. The nine songs that make up Ghosts Go Blind are a big step forward. Rockers like "Speed of Light" and "Not Ready to Stop" breathe in a way that only a live band in a room can, sounding like Magnolia Electric Co. in an especially reflective mode, or Yo La Tengo indulging their most Southern impulses. The more restrained numbers also benefit from the support of a full band. The gentle amble of "Blind to the Blues" feels more sturdy with steadfast live drumming and glittery guitars urging on Wingo's slacker harmonies, and the low-lit moods of "The Notes Remain" also sound more confident and sure-footed than they might had Wingo cobbled together the instrumentation by himself. Wingo's downtrodden lyrics fit the soft indie textures of Ghosts Go Blind, setting up images of the desperate last straggler at the late-night party, the couple in a rut who don't like to go out anymore, and a group of friends experiencing their finest hours together without even realizing it. The marriage of wistful, brightly arranged indie with Wingo's reflective and cinematic verses makes Ghosts Go Blind an impressive set, easily the most effective collection from the Ola Podrida moniker. ~ Fred Thomas
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