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    Hurts: Exile

    Mon Apr 29

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    Local Natives: Hummingbird

    Mon Feb 4

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    The Rolling Stones: GRRR!

    Fri Jan 11

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    David Jacobson: Come Around Again!

    Wed Dec 12

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    Devalued: Plagues

    Fri Dec 7

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

    Tue Dec 4

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    Grizzly Bear: Shields

    Fri Nov 30

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    Deftones: Koi No Yokan

    Tue Nov 27

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    Levek: Look a Little Closer

    Thu Nov 15

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    The Killers: Battle Born

    Mon Nov 12

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    Andrew Bird: Hands of Glory

    Fri Nov 2

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    Chelsea Wolfe: Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

    Fri Oct 19

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    Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind

    Wed Oct 10

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    The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth

    Tue Oct 9

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    Roadkill Ghost Choir: Quiet Light

    Thu Oct 4

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    Muse: The 2nd Law

    Wed Oct 3

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    Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Meat and Bone

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Vaccines: Come of Age

    Mon Sep 24

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    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Tue Sep 18

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    Swans: The Seer

    Wed Sep 12

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    The xx: Coexist

    Tue Sep 11

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    Wild Nothing: Nocturne

    Mon Sep 10

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    Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

    Fri Sep 7

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    Circa Survive: Violent Waves

    Wed Sep 5

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    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

    Tue Sep 4

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    Krallice: Years Past Matter

    Fri Aug 31

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    Overdue for Review: Beach Boys through Woody Guthrie

    Mon Aug 27

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    Teengirl Fantasy: Tracer

    Fri Aug 24

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    Bloc Party: Four

    Thu Aug 23

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    Xibalba: Hasta La Muerte

    Tue Aug 21

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    Praything: Her Skin Caught the Glow EP

    Mon Aug 13

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    Regina Spektor: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

    Wed Aug 8

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    Nas: Life is Good

    Mon Aug 6

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    Nachtmystium: Silencing Machine

    Fri Aug 3

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    Purity Ring: Shrines

    Tue Jul 31

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    Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

    Mon Jul 23

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    Alexander & The Grapes: Hemispheres

    Fri Jul 20

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    Baroness: Yellow & Green

    Wed Jul 18

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    Aesop Rock: Skelethon

    Tue Jul 17

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    Metric: Synthetica

    Fri Jul 13

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    Gasoline Heart: Thanks For Everything

    Thu Jul 12

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    Agalloch: Faustian Echoes

    Wed Jul 11

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    GRANT: Beat Tape Vol. 1

    Mon Jul 9

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    Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel...

    Sat Jul 7

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    Hundred Waters: Hundred Waters

    Fri Jul 6

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    Carrousel: 27 rue de mi'chelle

    Mon Jul 2

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    Joey Bada$$: 1999

    Wed Jun 27

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    Motion City Soundtrack: Go

    Mon Jun 25

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    The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now

    Fri Jun 22

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    Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family

    Fri Jun 22

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    Cold Specks: I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

    Fri Jun 22

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    2:54: 2:54

    Wed Jun 20

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    Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate

    Tue Jun 19

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    Paul Simon: Graceland (25th anniversary reissue)

    Mon Jun 18

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    Golden Curls: Warm Fiction

    Fri Jun 15

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    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Here

    Fri Jun 15

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    A Blaze in the Southern Sky:
    10 Best Metal Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 11

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    Burzum: Umskiptar

    Mon Jun 11

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    Japandroids: Celebration Rock

    Fri Jun 8

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    Crocodiles: Endless Flowers

    Wed Jun 6

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    The Dropp's 25 Best Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 4

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    Sigur Rós: Valtari

    Fri Jun 1

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    The Walkmen: Heaven

    Thu May 31

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    Overdue for Review: Bowerbirds through Toro y Moi

    Tue May 29

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    The Cribs: In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

    Fri May 25

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    Kimbra: Vows

    Fri May 25

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    Hands: Massive Context EP

    Thu May 24

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    Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

    Wed May 23

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    Best Coast: The Only Place

    Mon May 21

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    My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (reissue)

    Fri May 18

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    Pseudo Kids: Stay Glad EP

    Thu May 17

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    B.O.B: Strange Clouds

    Wed May 16

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    Beach House: Bloom

    Tue May 15

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    mewithoutYou: Ten Stories

    Mon May 14

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    Silversun Pickups: Neck of the Woods

    Fri May 11

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    Off!: Off!

    Tue May 8

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    Father John Misty: Fear Fun

    Fri May 4

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    Death Grips: The Money Store

    Thu May 3

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    Jack White: Blunderbuss

    Wed May 2

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    Reptar: Body Faucet

    Tue May 1

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    Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

    Thu Apr 26

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    Miike Snow: Happy to You

    Mon Apr 23

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    Battles: Dross Glop

    Fri Apr 20

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    Rusko: Songs

    Wed Apr 18

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    High on Fire: De Vermis Mysteriis

    Fri Apr 13

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    Bear In Heaven: I Love You, It's Cool

    Mon Apr 9

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    Tanlines: Mixed Emotions

    Wed Mar 28

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    Ear Dropps Come Lately

    Mon Mar 26

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    Odd Future: The OF Tape Vol. 2

    Fri Mar 23

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    Drudkh: Eternal Turn of the Wheel

    Wed Mar 21

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    The Shins: Port of Morrow

    Mon Mar 19

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    The Men: Open Your Heart

    Fri Mar 16

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    The Decemberists: We All Raise Our Voices to the Air

    Thu Mar 15

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    Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself

    Fri Mar 9

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    Damien Jurado: Maraqopa

    Wed Mar 7

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    Mark Lanegan Band: Blues Funeral

    Tue Feb 21

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    Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

    Mon Feb 20

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    Fionn Regan: 100 Acres of Sycamore

    Tue Feb 14

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Roadkill Ghost Choir: Quiet Light

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Roadkill Ghost Choir - Quiet Light cover




     
          Self-released // 2012
          Dropped by Robert Miller




Music from this album
Roadkill Ghost Choir: “Beggars Guild”

The most peculiar thing about DeLand, Florida’s Roadkill Ghost Choir is just how long it took them to release their Quiet Light EP. As far as I’m aware, this five-track rush of folk-y Americana is nearly a year in the making and was originally intended as a full-length album. I think most of the community really wanted a full-length, too, considering they’ve already released a series of songs before and sort of hyped it up as their debut full-length release. But Quiet Light was done in their own backyard as they sank their own funds into its production, and one listen through is all you’ll need to know where they stand as a local name on the rise.

I said hi to Roadkill’s frontman Andrew Shepard after a recent show they had in Orlando and asked him a couple questions about the EP. The first thing he jumped to was a justification of why Quiet Light became an EP rather than a full length. “We just needed to trim the fat,” Shepard said to me; and you don’t need to tell me twice about “trimming fat,” because when push comes to shove I’d much rather hear five memorable tracks over five memorable tracks crammed between seven other bland fillers. And right from the twangy banjo riff opening on “Beggar’s Guild” as an old-time organ vibrates in its wake, I quickly realize that these songs are more than just a few guys who mashed up The Band with Calexico and called it a day. When Shepard sings full of breath, “So I sleep all day and I dream all night / With the bottle in my hand, I take the devil’s side,” I’m not hearing so much of a formulaic and forced line about imagined hardships, but rather I’m hearing a line of escapism, a line that’s eager to share a uniting expression. I don’t really know the guys in the band, so I suppose I can’t say anything with absolute certainty, but I’ve got a gut feeling that the six or so members aren’t exactly eking out a living by comparison, and haven’t really hit “rock bottom” as they serve us up a platter of grime-encrusted blues. Instead, it seems like they just want to share a story, and they’re great story tellers, lyrically and musically.

The second track, “Drifter,” quickly changes the tone. While a folk aesthetic still edges around the corners via despondant echoing chords and a whining steel guitar, we almost get a Radiohead influence here. With such a large band and such solid production value, these guys are no strangers to layering, and a banjo riffing over a quiet piano, backed by a reassuring tom beat, leading into a reverb-heavy guitar solo isn’t a bad thing by any means. To me, as great as the “Beggar’s Guild” single is, “Drifter” is sort of the crux of the EP—the point at which Roadkill’s appreciation for the past and their roots meets the acknowledgment of where they stand as a band in 2012.

One look at DeLand’s city website and I can already tell where the band’s sound comes from. DeLand is a “small town treasure” where they pride themselves on history and their Historic District. An appreciation for the past seems to run deep in this community, and it’s no mistake that they channel the heart of Neil Young and the soul of the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. I’m not saying they’re on par with these American folk titans (how brash!), but the heart and soul is there without a doubt. In an age where even iPods have practically become old news in the world of music listening, Roadkill Ghost Choir are able to acknowledge the unbridled importance of this music’s past for 24 minutes in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re listening to dad’s “glory days” speech about Creedence Clearwater.

Shepard breeches into religious territory on “Devout” as he sings, “The mountain called my father near / I took his hand, I shed all fear / True to his heart he raised the blade / No fucking ram ever came,” and with that one choice word, I know that this is no hum-drum retelling of a Sunday school story. This is simply real people, giving their honest takes on what they see, and I don’t know which version of the Bible they were reading, but I think I tend to like their take a little more. “Tarot Youth” continues on with a head-bobbing vibe as the bass line drives on like a relentless foot-stomper. Backed by “Oohs” and “Aahs,” Shepard’s voice sounds like a cleaner and more relaxed Conor Oberst—solo Oberst; not Bright Eyes’ Oberst.

Quiet Light ends on a true folk-like note with “Bird In My Window,” a soft, acoustically driven number where Shepard really plays up his Southern drawl for the chorus’ elongated vowels. It’s atmospheric and pretty, but it’s short and sort of goes by unnoticed compared to the past four songs. It kind of feels like the EP didn’t go out with a bang, but just simply ended. But I wouldn’t count it as a bad thing in any way, seeing as how I was still pretty stunned by “Beggar’s Guild” and had “Devout” stuck in my head by the time the fifth track even rolled along in the first place. All it did was make me eager for that full-length release we’ve been told about for over a year now. So let’s start the clock and see if we’ve got another year in the making. Well played, Roadkill . . . well played.

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Listen to Roadkill Ghost Choir’s Quiet Light EP in full via their Bandcamp:

Thu Oct 4

One Response to Roadkill Ghost Choir: Quiet Light

  1. Jesse says:

    I love RGC. Although I do see the Conor Oberst similarity, if I had to compare their sound to someone, it would be Jim James.

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