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Sunday 27th December 2015,


The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun (Chimera Music)

Laura Braun April 29, 2014

Overall Score

The GOASTT Midnight Sun

Earlier this year, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger delivered one of the most talked about sets of South by Southwest. Their performance transformed them from a relatively unknown act to a “band to watch” across the blogosphere, and it’s not hard to see why. Since 2008, The GOASTT have been putting out solid EPs and albums that have, until recently, flown just below radar.

The GOASTT’s latest, Midnight Sun, is a full-bodied psychedelic soundscape that’s easily one of the band’s best recordings yet. The duo, comprised of Sean Lennon and girlfriend/model/overall badass Charlotte Kemp Muhl, have seriously stepped up their game on Midnight Sun, sounding more polished than ever. The band has noticeably moved into more trippy territory, too, reminiscent of their former tourmates and frequent collaborators, The Flaming Lips

GOASTT’s usual retro French-pop sound is still apparent on songs like “Johannesburg” – a bubbly nod to Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin that perfectly bridges Midnight Sun’s dreamy production sound with the band’s older work. One of the album’s first singles, “Animals,” stands out not just for its infectious chorus, but also for the inevitable and undeniable comparison of Lennon’s voice to that of his famous father. Given the surrealistic nature of the album, Midnight Sun makes a stellar addition to the Lennon/Ono musical legacy. It also stands firmly on its own.

Album closer “Moth to a Flame” is a haunting opus that rolls Midnight Sun’s credits properly. The result is a first-rate psychedelic musical experience. Kemp Muhl’s ethereal feminine touch gives The GOASTT an edge that bands like The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala have never really touched on. It’s clear that with Midnight Sun, The GOASTT have finally found their rightful sound.