Song Review: Ghost by Viølets

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London based alt-rock band Viølets have released their new track ‘Ghost’, a somewhat misleading title for a track which does anything but shy away from the spotlight.


Words by George McMillan

Beginning with a swarm of melodic synths, vocals and guitar riffs building up and spiralling in between one another, the track instantly consumes and takes you in before boasting the vocals of front woman Pippa Sarratt. She sings with a unique and powerful voice that tests and challenges the classic alt-rock formula, citing influences from Florence And The Machine and London Grammar to Tycho, Frightened Rabbit and Massive Attack, the track showcases the bands broad taste of music. Ghost takes specific elements from each to form what is the sound of one of London’s most exciting up and coming bands.

Guitarist Rob Wheatley effortlessly proves that less is more with simple but indulging guitar riffs which stylishly attack and release throughout the song and intensify the tracks already moody and dark undertones. These are amplified with alluring lyrics such as ‘Now I don’t recognise the darkness in your eyes when did you become a stranger to me?’

Speaking about the writing process, front woman Pippa Sarratt said ‘We take the song title, Aaron normally titles the songs and then Morgan writes whatever comes to his head and I do the same and it’s so different but it works so well together. I think it works really well because we both write so differently. The first verse is my lyrics and the second is Morgan’s so it’s really nice because it’s like a conversation, we didn’t even have to change any of it, it just worked.’

In comparison to their debut track ‘Sinners’ released at the end of 2016, ‘Ghost’ gives less of an opportunity for dancing and carries a maturer sound with a beautifully produced bed of harmonies and guitar melodies that intertwine in a way that absorbs you, pulling you further in as the track progresses and leaves your head spinning and wanting more. The band been together for just over a year and are relatively new to the scene, despite this, they have already cultivated a strong London following with a sold out show at London’s prestige O2 Academy Islington to exult.

 ‘Ghost’ is now available for streaming on Spotify and the band can be found on social media at:  https://www.facebook.com/officialviolets