Relentlessly addictive alt-pop, Render Ghosts’ new single “Keeping My Number” is witty in spirit and bittersweet in soul, with strong performances and clever lyricism.
The London/Utrecht based trio is made up of Tamara van Esch, Tom O.C Wilson and Iain Chambers. Debuting with their single “Eye Rhyme” in December 2021, the group has since grown an avid fanbase and received extensive critical acclaim with just the one single under their belt. The track was quickly picked up by Amazing Radio, Fresh on the Net and BBC 6 Music Introducing and was met with extremely positive reviews such as:
“What caught my attention about Eye Rhyme was its lively, retro feel and its insanely catchy melody. Tamara’s soft vocals contrast the artificialness of the instrumentals perfectly and the chorus will get firmly lodged in your brain. Inspired by the likes of Gracey, Everything Everything, Erasure and St Vincent, Render Ghosts are attempting to occupy a unique space in the musical landscape. With Eye Rhyme I think they’ve succeeded” – York Calling
“They offer something delightfully new that is still steeped in musical traditions” – The Other Side Reviews
Both of the trio’s singles are defined by their catchy, passionate identities as well as their unique musicianship. This is no wonder considering the groups musical prowess. Tamara van Esch is well known in the Netherlands as a singer-songwriter singing in Dutch, and as a multi-instrumentalist in bands such as Jo Goes Hunting, Drive Like Maria and Kim Janssen. Tom O.C Wilson is a classically trained composer of chamber pop songs, whose music is described as simultaneously playful, complex and joyous. On top of this, Chambers is a sound artist who uses buildings as instruments, famously turning London’s Tower Bridge into a massive resonating chamber. He’s also a founder member of the experimental electronic ensemble, Langham Research Centre.
“Keeping My Number” is a beautiful step in the right direction for one of indie’s most promising alt-pop newcomers with clever, witty lyrics about getting an ex to finally move on interwoven atop serenely hypnotic synth. The production is stellar and allows Tamara van Esch’s vocals to shine with their expressive vibrancy. Another stroke of genius, there’s absolutely no better time to check out Render Ghost’s amazing sound and growing discography. Stream “Keeping My Number” now!
Written by Ciarán Coleman
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