“Ghost Girl” by Juliet Callahan is the powerful, dark pop track of your dreams. Complete with vibrant, audacious vocals and extremely meticulous production, this song creates an effortlessly cool atmosphere. Not to mention, the lyrics are simultaneously melancholy and empowering, a strangely effective combination. One listen, and you’re gifted with a totally unique experience.
It begins with a reverb and chorus-drenched guitar riff. The beat drops, filling the mix with pithy hi-hats and rumbling bass. “She’s a ghost girl / Fire in her eyes / She won’t think twice,” Juliet croons a rhythmic, whispery melody. As she describes this suave, rebellious person the minor tonality and fuzzy synths inject the character with urgency, and ultimately a sense of admiration. Her vocals trail off with tendrils of echo, eventually culminating in the chorus. The register skyrockets. The drums cut out, then crash back in. Background vocals crowd the melody. It’s climactic in every sense of the word.
The best and probably most subtly genius aspect of this song is the dynamic range. Every texture gets a moment to shine, like that aforementioned guitar riff and even the gentle twinkles of synth here and there. However, when they all come together, it’s more than exciting. It’s full. It’s diverse. It’s balanced. It’s gratifying. You’ll find yourself immersed in the ambiance of this track.
Be sure to give Juliet Callahan some love on your choice of social media or streaming service! You’ll be glad you have a new and different dark-pop artist to obsess over.
Written by Alyce Lindberg
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