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Ben Pagano Lays It Bare in “Everyone’s Ghost”

New York City based pianist, singer, and songwriter, Ben Pagano, is feeling pensive with his latest single “Everyone’s Ghost” off his upcoming album Exploring Dreams. Blending a unique mix of jazzy, lounge act piano with an indie rock attitude, it’s a song that stands out simply because of what it’s made of.

Right off the bat, the song distinguishes itself with an elongated piano intro which feels both ethereal and lethargic as it lingers in suspended time and space. It brings a romantic quality to the forefront, which carries through the entire song – even as the drums, guitar, and bass add a nice level of fuzz to the composition. It never feels overly assertive in that the song seems to indulge itself with more romantic sense of groove that hangs on the backend of the beat.

If you are familiar with the Arctic Monkeys latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, “Everyone’s Ghost” as a similar kind of feel if all elements of science fiction had been removed from the equation. Instead, we’re left with something more “bare bones” here as Pagano slowly reveals himself to us in this subtle ballad with haunting vocal melodies.

“Everyone’s Ghost” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and BandCamp. Find this and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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