Written by Lauren Rosier
The Houston-based post-punk/industrial duo, Mother Ghost, shares their debut album, Somnámbulo, via Geodesic Records.
The duo, which is made up of brothers, Oscar and Thomas Flores, creates an eclectic sound of post-punk, rock, and new wave.
Mother Ghost began writing the album approximately around the time the Trump election and presidency were occurring, which fueled many of the songs on the record, such as “Hiding In a Dumpster Waiting For ICE Agents To Leave” and “Avarice.”
The following track, “Ungrateful,” incorporates more melodic rock into the band’s sound as it opens with a steady guitar loop. It has a definite 80s vibe. I like how the music meets the mood of the song.
The album’s title track, “Somnámbulo,” (or the Spanish word for sleepwalker) delivers a synth-based sound with a great guitar riff, along with the drums section. The next song is the single, “Le Petite Morte,” which is about the consequences and emotions of a relationship coming to an end. This is a synth-filled track, which too, has an 80s vibe, and is filled with infectious guitar instrumentation.
The latter end of the album features tracks, “White God,” “Brundlefly,” “Waves,” “Avarice,” “Criminal,” “Raices (dirt).”
But the lyrical content also hits on economic inequality, the failure of American politics, immigration, and drug addiction.
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