Ghostpoet has released the video for his first new music in years, “Immigrant Boogie”. The track is available via Play It Again Sam. The track marks the first new material from Ghostpoet since the release of his third and much lauded, Mercury-nominated Shedding Skin album in 2015. Swathed in post-punk virtuosity, “Immigrant Boogie” is a narrative only too pertinent in 2017.
Directed by Zhang + Knight, the video draws the viewer into a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, where a lone man laden with personal effects runs from an unknown threat. His belongings are jettisoned as he journeys in a state of increasing despair. The strangely alien landscape and narrative is uncomfortably familiar somehow and strikes a nerve for all those aware of the recent displacement crisis.
Ghostpoet aka Obaro Ejimiwe explains: “It’s a first person account of a difficult journey across borders, partly intended to ask those who have questioned the arrival of refugees in recent times what they would do in the same situation.The song is written in two halves – the first hopeful for a brighter future, while the second sees hope snatched away by forces beyond the control of the storyteller. There is an important story to be told there, but I wrote the song in a way that aims to capture a broader human truth: that while we are all working for a better life for ourselves, we have to accept that we are not in control of the outcome”
This is the first track to emerge from various sessions recorded over the past few months in Obaro’s hometown of London. Featuring Charlie Steen, drafted in from South London’s up-and-comers Shame on guest vocals and assisted by Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Frightened Rabbit) on guitar and production duties,
Since his most recent offering Shedding Skin, Obaro has been busy performing live and writing. Noteworthy appearances include a memorable set at BST in Hyde Park, as well as a collaboration with Massive attack on the track Come Near Me.