During the winter months, I find myself indoors a lot. More often than not, I’m on the hunt for some new music to help make the cold winter days a tad brighter. Recently, I got the chance to preview Hungry Ghosts, the new LP from Canadian duo The Big East. I had heard that their music had elements of 70’s rock, which had me very excited. So how does their album hold up? Read on for my review.
The Big East Hungry Ghosts Review
Before delving into the album, I thought to myself how much I loved the title. Ghosts are always such a fascinating topic to me, and the idea of them being hungry seemed rather intriguing. I also liked the metaphors this drew up, such as things from the past still eaten away at you.
The LP opens with “What Dreams May Come,” and I immediately noted the folky, whimsical elements of the rock of yesteryear. I really liked the lead singer’s voice, which I felt perfectly fit with the style of the music. The lyrics- which I personally would have felt were a bit trite if not for the throwback nature of the music- fit perfectly here, especially when the lead singer sang, “Let’s drink wine and tell a story, heartbreak and smiles, and all the glory, love can make a fool of anyone, when your day is finally done, what dreams may come.”
“The Wild Life,” which follows (and which you can listen to below) is the first single from the album. It is much more upbeat than its predecessor, and reminded me of the 90s group The Rembrandts mixed with a 1970’s vibe. The track is also excessively catchy, and definitely could be a hit if put on the radio. The line “the wild life will never be the same” was stuck in my head by the end and I found myself continuing to play the song multiple times throughout the day.
“Love Monkey,” which appears later on the album, also had a louder, cheerful, rockier vibe. I especially noted on this track how powerful the lead singer’s voice was, and it reminded me a bit of the Goo Goo Dolls.
The album also includes the slower paced title track “Hungry Ghosts,” and the country-isa “Muskoka Time.”
Overall, with Hungry Ghosts, The Big East has crafted a great album that features elements from music of past years with a fresh twist. I would highly recommend you check it out, as it will be sure to do the thing music is supposed to do- make you feel.
Check out the lead single “The Wild Life” below: