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Ghosts Go Blind

Ola Podrida

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Album Review

For much of the band's early existence, Ola Podrida founder David Wingo split his time between the bedroom folk solo project and composing scores for films. Wingo's first two albums were soft, mumbly acoustic affairs, but with an inescapable sense of underlying narrative running throughout. For third full-length Ghosts Go Blind, Wingo has expanded from his shut-in home-recording ways to form a full band and record mostly live in the studio, but even with these advances in sound, it's hard to escape the cinematic underpinnings that characterize Wingo's work. The nine songs that make up Ghosts Go Blind are a big step forward. Rockers like "Speed of Light" and "Not Ready to Stop" breathe in a way that only a live band in a room can, sounding like Magnolia Electric Co. in an especially reflective mode, or Yo La Tengo indulging their most Southern impulses. The more restrained numbers also benefit from the support of a full band. The gentle amble of "Blind to the Blues" feels more sturdy with steadfast live drumming and glittery guitars urging on Wingo's slacker harmonies, and the low-lit moods of "The Notes Remain" also sound more confident and sure-footed than they might had Wingo cobbled together the instrumentation by himself. Wingo's downtrodden lyrics fit the soft indie textures of Ghosts Go Blind, setting up images of the desperate last straggler at the late-night party, the couple in a rut who don't like to go out anymore, and a group of friends experiencing their finest hours together without even realizing it. The marriage of wistful, brightly arranged indie with Wingo's reflective and cinematic verses makes Ghosts Go Blind an impressive set, easily the most effective collection from the Ola Podrida moniker.

Customer Reviews

A Dirdopalo

Dave Wingo is a musical genius. He writes some of the most haunting melodies. They sneak up on me, and I find myself singing them at the most random times. While this is definitely more heavily produced than his former more-accoustic efforts, Ghosts Go Blind is still rock solid.

Too soft for my tastes but...

This guy is talented. Good lyrics, nice voice and tight arrangements with solid musicianship. Quality stuff.

a melodic and blissfully gloomy tour de force

Ola Podrida really just made a solid album. The tracks have a struggling sullen undertone but with upbeat poppy songs the two are combined so well. If you look back at older albums this is by far the most consistent upbeat Ola Podrida. The album is worth every penny. BUY IT!

Biography

Born: 2005

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ola Podrida, the brainchild of David Wingo, was born in early 2005, after Wingo had returned to his native Texas from New York. Although he had played instruments throughout high school and college and even composed the scores for friend David Gordon Green's movies George Washington, All the Real Girls, and Undertow, he had yet to make anything as a singer or songwriter. He recorded the songs on what would later be his debut album alone in his basement before shifts at the video store where he worked,...
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