Reviewed by David Esson.
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Butch Walker’s highly anticipated seventh full-length album, Afraid Of Ghosts, is out now. With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker’s new LP shows both skill and tenderness. The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in LA along with friends & special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.
The album opens with title track “Afraid of Ghosts” which finds Walker attempting to come to terms with his demons over spare acoustic guitar notes and accordion chords, while the gentle du-wop of “How Are Things Love” brings both the artist and the listener back in time. “Bed On Fire” takes things back up a notch as haunting strings and electric guitar build to a chill-inducing distorted crescendo.
First album single “Chrissie Hynde” wistfully recounts the legendary Pretenders front-woman’s voice coming through the speakers, over a combination of acoustic and electric guitar, piano and a solitary drumbeat, captivating as always with Walker’s effortlessly unique vocals.
Lara Meyerratken, aka El May, is an Australian singer-songwriter. Her style features melodic songwriting and mellow rock instrumentation with folk roots. Other artists that can be heard on her station include The Bird And The Bee, Patsy Cline, and Feist. She came by with musicians Scott Heiner and Scott Letty and played “Lessons Appear” off her latest album The Other Person Is You.