CMU Approved

Approved: Ghost Wave

By | Published on Monday 24 October 2011

Ghost Wave

Seeing as it’s cold outside and whatnot, what better to offset autumnal chills (aside from soup and a scarf) than a sun-baked song from jingly-jangly New Zealanders, Ghost Wave? Taken from the band’s eponymous debut EP, flagship single, ‘Hippy’, should inject a little warmth and levity into your dark October day.

Sticking to a temperate theme, if ‘Hippy’ were a sunbed on the crowded seashore of lo-fi indie music, it would come sandwiched somewhere between Wavves, Real Estate and – Ghost Wave’s Antipodean affiliates – Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Which is by no means a bad thing, because, like Wavves ‘Post Acid’ or Real Estate’s ‘Easy’, this louche little number exudes rays of ragged psychedelia and simple, untroubled charm in the most winsome of ways.

And – while it doesn’t exactly burn with UMO’s brighter light of originality – it does what it does, and does it well.