A quick scroll down George Gadd’s sonic portfolio has quickly shot him far up my list of local hometown folk-favourites. His 2017 LP ‘Better Shape’ is criminally underrated and worthy of serious recognition (‘Sycamore’ in particular!). His fresh-out-the-oven single ‘Shake a Ghost’, however, is unlike any of his previous releases.
Straight off the bat, the seasoned Gadd connoisseur (and certainly the average folk-aficionado) is thrown off guard by a beat so punchy and fast that it’ll make you choke on your Turmeric Latte, Festival Craft Cider or whatever the kids are into these days.
Fact is, on the surface, this is potentially a perfect summer anthem for the family, for those wanting to let loose of all of the occasionally oppressive weight and gravity that the modern grind can provide.
Were we to look into the content of the song, we’d recognise that George is wrestling with some demons of his own. It’s no secret that the open acknowledgment of one’s deepest, truest inner feelings into artform can lead to one’s relief of those very issues so – yeah – I’m going to stick to my guns and say that this is a feel-good anthem.
By singing along, swaying liberally to the beat or – better yet – jumping around, throwing your hands in the air and shaking off your own ghosts, we can feel good too.
Whether we want to tell those darn ghosts to fuck off or choose to calmly and acceptingly look them deep in their beady little transparent eyes – I shall leave to the personal proclivity of the listener. The point is, I suppose, that we all have our own personal bastard ghouls who, more than likely, have yet to linger around, reminding us of our shortcomings, of doubt, of our hardships. We can’t always ghost the ghosts, but we can at least shake them off momentarily.
Whatever our George may be going through, the message and the theme have never been more relevant due to the undeniable rise in social anxieties, med-fuelled sleepless nights and our individual struggles with our personal ghouls. Hats off to the artist for confronting and expressing these sentiments.
Catch George at the Bodega Acoustic Sessions on the 8th of September!