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When I brought you Ghost X Gardens’ new album Heartbreak Chelsea Hotel a month ago, I only mentioned a couple of the songs on the album. We talked about the idea behind the album and the talks with the “matriarch” of the hotel that are located at the end of each track. Because I have enjoyed this album so much, I wanted to talk to you about one of my favorite tracks on it.
“Concealed Little Weapon” begins with an upbeat guitar lick that quickly leads into a fuzzy rock sound that will have you feeling like you stepped back into the 90s. The work on this song has been compared to the music of the Smashing Pumpkins, and when you give it a listen you just might agree.
Listen to 'Concealed Little Weapon'.
Adam Rushfield, the creative and talented musician behind Ghost X Gardens, has an amazing knack for music making. While each song on the album blends well together, they each have their own sound. No two songs are alike—and I like that.
The vocals on “Concealed Little Weapon” are just as amazing as the lyrics. There is something poetic and flowing about this track. The chorus is like a fluid thing that seems to keep flowing right from the singer and into the void—which is your soul.
I want to delve so much further into this track—but I don’t know where to start. “What’s the point in just words?” It’s simple lines like this in the song that makes it an addictive thing to listen to. “What you need is some good advice from a friend.”
This song is an eye-opener. The more you listen to it, the more you’ll pull from it. I feel like there are many lessons in the lyrics—lessons that will help you have less stress and heartbreak in life.
You can tell when a musician loves what they do for a living and isn’t just out to make money with their songs—you can hear it in their soul which they share in the lyrics and in the musical instruments backing up those vocals. You can hear it, see, it, feel it, and taste it. This song hit every one of my senses—it touched my soul.
We all use certain things as “crutches.” Maybe you use your words as a crutch, maybe alcohol helps you get through the rough moments, or maybe your crutch is a friend or significant other that you can’t do anything without for fear of being alone, failing, getting lost, or whatever irrational thing is plaguing your mind. If you let go of those crutches, those expectations of yourself, you’ll spend more time living and less time being disappointed in outcomes you weren’t hoping for.
This might not be the exact message Rushfield was going for when he wrote the song, but that’s what I got from it. And, much like poetry, songs are open to personal exploration and meaning. They can have many meanings to each person that had a hand in making them and each person that ever listens to them and finds themselves touched by the lyrics, by the sound.
I hope that you will take a listen to this track for yourself and that it speaks to you in some way as well. It is a wonderful song, and one of my favorites so far this year!
If you like this music review, please take a moment to check out some more of my reviews of awesome tunes here on vocal and on Side Stage Magazine. I have new reviews up almost weekly. You’ll find an array of musical genres covered, so you’re bound to find something you like.