Single Review: Ghost in the Willow - "X-Mas Tinder"

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X-Mas Tinder

Independent Release



We last heard from Phoenix, Arizona’s Ghost In The Willow on A Song For Alice - their 2019 EP which beautifully showcased who they are as a band by blending their indie rock flavors with shots of post-punk. Intriguingly, they also included their spot-on cover of The Replacements “Bastards of Young” as a bonus track. By doing so, they unpeeled a layer of their influences, but most importantly, set us up for what to expect from their latest single “X-Mas Tinder.” On this first look at their upcoming EP, I Was Once A Charming Man, Gil Rodriguez and company tap deep into their influence of The Replacements and deliver a rock-n-roll infused song that brings a well-crafted story to the lyrics that hits on the relatability factor and strikes emotions we’ve all experienced. Whether it be for a wedding, a school dance, or in this case, the Christmas holiday, we all sometimes find that circumstances like those presents us with our loneliest moments, so we try to satisfy them with a fling that fizzles out quickly after the fleeting moment passes. That’s exactly what this song is all about. The slow acoustic strum of the beginning seconds of the song, quickly leads to a crash of instruments that allows Rodriguez to lean his raw, honest vocals into the guitar licks as he takes us through the story; “in the summer we were feeling reckless,” “by the winter we were done,” etc. Pulling the idea from the modern dating technology of Tinder adds a nice touch for today’s generation to relate to, and the inclusion of a great 1960’s vibe through the bridge’s clap along groove helps the song connect with an older generation as well. As they’ve shown on “X-Mas Tinder,” Ghost in the Willow continues to be impressive with each sequential release as their songwriting gets stronger and stronger; a key factor to helping pull the listener deeper into each song.

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