Bristol will be treated to a visit from Ghostpoet on Tuesday 14th November, so admirers of the everyday wordsmith should jump at the opportunity to see him at The Marble Factory – the more intimate space at the ever popular warehouse Motion. Now three albums down, Obaro Ejimiwe has made a name for his alias with a succession of emotive trip hop excursions, dealing with real-life topics with a warmth and accuracy that few observational lyricists manage.
Ghostpoet sprang onto the scene by way of Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings in 2011, with Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam asserting him as an artist as relatable as he is gifted. Drawing from the humdrum aches of daily life, Ghostpoet’s lyrics drift from sore-head anecdotes to layman’s philosophy at an early morning amble, his sleepy drawl barely disguising a sharp tongue and quick wit. Sitting in the muddy territory between poet and rapper, an area that seems to be fertile ground for engaging lyricists, Ghostpoet casts his spiels over sparse beats and simple, atmospheric melodies, with extra umph added to the electronic rhythms to liven up his stage performances.
A humble but impressive performer, he’ll be warmly received in Bristol, and if new single “Immigrant Boogie” is anything to go by he’ll have some rousing new material to test out too.
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