Two years on from his Mercury-nominated debut, Ghostpoet has a new album and is on tour.
Some Say I So I Say Light was released in May and followed the acclaimed Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam. Fans can see the man himself at Southsea’s Wedgewood Rooms on Sunday.
Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, has said Gilles Peterson ‘took a risk on a random maverick’ back in 2010 by signing him to the Radio 1 DJ’s Brownswood label.
Within a year, that risk paid off. Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam marked Ghostpoet out as one of the most distinctive voices to emerge in British music this decade, and it was rewarded with a surprise Mercury Prize nomination in 2011.
Having moved on from Brownswood to Play It Again Sam, his new release experiments even further.
Ghostpoet attributes the album’s experimental bent to the change in his recording situation.
Whereas Peanut Butter Blues was entirely self-produced on a computer in Ghostpoet’s bedroom, Some Say I So I Say Light is a studio-based work co-produced with the talented Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar, Egyptian Hip-Hop).
The lyrics on Some Say I So I Say Light are as rooted in everyday life as ever, though, featuring unopened mail, takeaway meals and the like.
Tickets for the Wedgewood Rooms gig are £12.50. Visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or call (023) 9286 3911.