Ever heard a song that just possesses you? You can’t get it out of your head, you tell people about it, tweet randomly lyrics from it. It IS your life. Well, that’s where singer, producer, songwriter and DJ Jesse Nolan got the name of his current project, Caught A Ghost. And just hearing one of his songs, “No Sugar in My Coffee,” I’d have to agree with its possessing effects.
Indie electro soul is about as eclectic as it can get when it comes to genres, but Caught A Ghost surprisingly does all three very well. The “indie” comes through in their original songs’ musicality – they pretty much do whatever the hell they want to as rhythm, and they have a free download every time you look up. Electro is easy to understand – the instruments don’t fit in the woodwind/string/percussion boxes we learned about in grade school music class, and this group has tons of blue-eyed soul, accurately attributed to the gospel and Deep South vibes we see esteemed on their Facebook page (along with some Kanye slander for which we won’t fault them).
Upon further researching Caught A Ghost, I found a pretty dope cover of Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me.” It has the soulful, doo-wop vibe in the vocals, but the backing music gives a vibey, minimalistic flair that chills the song out even more than the original. Very much like “No Sugar in My Coffee,” the Cooke cover hits beats very purposefully to create something you can smooth out to, but also slow dance to with bae.
The group’s style is as diverse as its genre(s?) and songs like “Groundhog Day” featuring Robyn the Bank prove that. I was already digging the chorus and the rap just kinda came out of nowhere, but it was completely on point.
Caught A Ghost earned its position in my “Smooth Out” playlist, with a couple crossovers into “Before I Go Out.”
Check out their site and decide where it fits in your mix CDs and playlists at www.caughtaghost.com.