Close your eyes and imagine hearing the voice of a glamorous lounge singer circa 1940 with sultry vocals created to melt your heart. Kacey Johansing’s sophomore LP Grand Ghosts, blends the classic beauty of yesteryear with a touch of sullen tone and modern experimental music.
Her warm and rich vocals have an old-timey feel that’s a bit similar to She & Him—however—Johansing is much more powerful in vocal strength and emotion, giving her listeners a beautiful aural experience. Her angelic choir-like sensibilities sound like the score of an old Hollywood Technicolor picture, with soaring vocals that just lull you to comfort. Her tone is consistent and classic from opening track “River” to album closer “Out to Sea.” Despite the obvious fact that the word ‘sing’ is in her last name, it’s also empowering when an artist releases work that is reflective of the style of music they want to do and not what is popular. Collaborating with heavy-hitting indie acts such as Geographer and Tune-Yards, this San Francisco artist is surrounded by the indie scene—yet self-releases an album with a different direction. We like that sort of ballsy move, especially when it sounds as beautiful and genuine as Grand Ghosts.
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