Few scenes have developed in a more interesting way over the past decade than the SoCal garage rock scene—it seems like every West Coast band revolving around labels like Castle Face, In the Red, Trouble in Mind, or Famous Class has evolved from a straightforward, raw garage rock sound or hazy psych outfit into something considerably more complex, with ten years of devout crate-digging to thank for a broadened palate.
Maston falls under this latter category: coming up alongside breezy psychedelic artists like Jacco Gardner, Mmoss, and other early Trouble in Mind artists, Frank Maston’s project has evolved to incorporate an extracurricular interest in lounge music and ’70s European film soundtracks. His new album Souvenir reflects the development of his sound after connecting with Swiss band L’Eclair, who abetted Maston in this new chapter of his career.
The second single off this release arrives today with the slightly funky, just a bit psych-y, and totally relaxed “Ghost.” “‘Ghost’ is centered around a descending chord progression, with cryptic lyrics sung in falsetto,” Maston shares. “It has an air tight rhythm section, synthesizer acrobatics, a catchy melody, and two solo sections. It was one of the first songs written for the record, and the music was recorded in one take. The song is both reflective and optimistic, and all around a feel good tune.”
Hear the all-around good tune below.