Ghostpoet, two-time Mercury Prize nominee, exceptional poet and musician, and frequent collaborator of artists such as Massive Attack, The Streets and Micachu, is coming to Ljubljana for the first time, with his “fantastic new album” (Clash).
With the loose beauty of the instrumental tracks and his characteristically calm voice, Londoner Ghostpoet‘s music might sound almost too laidback, were it not for his refined touch with piercing poetic reflection on one hand and the vivid expression of the personal and global turbulence in the 21st century, in a world at a breaking point, on the other. Honestly, that’s not very surprising, seeing as it’s coming from a man who smiles wryly when speaking about how he first realised he was going to die when he was only six years old.
The alluring urgency of one of the most vital musicians in Great Britain draws parallels with the renowned Bristol trip hop scene, whose elders Massive Attack have collaborated with Ghostpoet on several occasions. Of course, he’s held in high esteem by others as well, as evidenced not just by his two nominations for the Mercury Prize, in 2011 and 2015, but also by collaborations with artists such as Micachu (Micachu & The Shapes), The Streets, Mélanie De Biasio and Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park).
Visiting Slovenia for the first time, Ghostpoet, labelmate of past Šiška guests Pixies, Editors and Enter Shikari, will present his fourth album, released in August and possibly even his strongest work to date, according to Q magazine. Dark Days + Canapés, a crossbreed of urban poetry, post-rock expansiveness and brooding electronica, has also received praise from Mojo, AllMusic and DIY Magazine – as well as us, which is why we’re so eagerly awaiting February.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.