Nostalgia’s one of those things you’ve got to be pretty careful with, used right it can be one of the most evocative tools in a band’s arsenal but used wrong and you end up with whatever the hell Gabriella Cilmi was.
Luckily for NYC based duo Ghost Beach, they know exactly how to use nostalgia properly. Everything about them is rooted in that very specific, bright neon period in the early 80’s when the world was alive with electric optimism. Just take a look at that wonderfully ridiculous artwork, seriously, look at it! One thing that makes Ghost Beach’s particular brand of nostalgia work is that you can really feel the affection for the style they’ve adopted, it oozes from every pore.
Moon Over Japan, the lead single from their forthcoming album (due later this year on Nettwerk Records), perfectly captures that John Hughes-esque mix of bubblegum sweetness and a sutble edge of melancholy with it’s sweet falsetto vocals, analog synths and saturated reverb. It’s a feeling familiar to anyone who’s ever lain in the sun writing lovelorn poetry about the girl who said that she really liked you and then you saw her getting off with Steven Daniels behind the bike sheds SHARON!!!!!