1.18.13 — “Ghosts” by On An On

On An On

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Ghosts” by On An On (2013, from the forthcoming album Give In).

Tonight’s song is yet another from the mailbag. As always, I’ll continue to encourage you to submit stuff to the mailbag. Click on the “mail bag” tab for my electronic and physical mailing addresses.

On An On is an indie pop trio from Chicago/Minneapolis. They formed in 2012 from the ashes of a band called Scattered Trees. I don’t know all of the details, but it sounds like Scattered Trees was a bunch of friends who had been playing together for several years. They suddenly broke up last year, even with some studio time already booked. Some of the band members scattered across the country, while three of them decided to forge ahead and utilize the booked studio time. That project became On An On.

The trio of Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing made the best of the situation and headed into the studio with Dave Newfeld, who has produced records by Broken Social Scene, Los Campesinos!, and Chikita Violenta. Instead of working with some stuff they’d already written, they started all over, and they got an album done in really quick time. The fruit of that endeavour is their debut album Give In, which will be released on January 29.

Tonight’s song is the first single from that album.

“Ghosts” by On An On

There’s something Grizzly Bear-ish, and something Fleet Foxes-ish about this song, and I love that about it. I especially like that spooky vocalizing at 0:52 and again a minute later. I like a lot about this song, and I like the song more each time I listen to it.

You can listen to the song over at soundcloud, and you can go on over to the band’s website to pre-order their debut record.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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