Ghostpoet releases video for “Freakshow”

Ghostpoet releases video for "Freakshow"

Following the announcement of his fourth album Dark Days + Canapés, due to launch on August 18th on Play It Again Sam, and the unveiling of the debut track “Immigrant Boogie”, Ghostpoet (née Obaro Ejimiwe) is pleased to share new single “Freakshow” and its accompanying video. The video is the second in a dystopian series directed by Zhang + Knight. It depicts a nightmarish pre-apocalyptic world, in which pleasure seekers and average humans alike search for relief from their synthetic reality. Shot between China and the UK, the film is another uncomfortably familiar vision of the future, following in the footsteps of the debut single “Immigrant Boogie”.

On the track Ejimiwe says:

“Freakshow is a kind of commentary on modern consumerism – it sums up my general sense of unease in the way we buy our emotions these days, and the unstoppable cash-driven churn we seem to be caught up in as a society. I’m usually more comfortable writing in ambiguous terms, but this time around I felt there were specific stories that needed telling.”

Serendipity and experimentalism were embraced in the studio and several original ideas evolved or were supplanted by something unexpected. On “Freakshow” the addition of manic laughter from a gospel choir, who had turned up to sing on a different track, compounds the crazed nature of the song, while “Blind As A Bat…”, influenced by Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock, saw string players invited to improvise with fragments of their performance sampled and overlaid to build something less structured, more wayward and reflective of the state of mind of the protagonist.

Typically self-effacing, Obaro says: “There’s a sort of life force that Leo and the other musicians brought to this record, and that was crucial. I want people to listen to the songs and be able to say, ‘So Isn’t just me then? Phew.”


10/24/2017 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
10/25/2017 – Liverpool, England – Invisible Wind Factory
10/26/2017 – Newcastle, England – Riverside
10/28/2017 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
10/29/2017 – Sheffield, England – Plug
10/30/2017 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
10/31/2017 – Birmingham, England – Mama Rouxs
11/2/2017 – Cambridge, England – Junction 1
11/3/2017 – Oxford, England – Academy 2
11/4/2017 – Dover, England – The Booking Hall
11/6/2017 – Leicester, England – Academy 3
11/7/2017 – Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms
11/8/2017 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2
11/10/2017 – London, England – Printworks
11/11/2017 – Manchester, England – Academy 2
11/12/2017 – Norwich, England – Arts Centre
11/13/2017 – Portsmouth, England – Wedgewood Rooms
11/14/2017 – Bristol, England – Marble Factory

Dark Days + Canapés
Track listing:

1. One More Sip
2. Many Moods At Midnight
3. Trouble + Me
4. (We’re) Dominoes
5. Freakshow
6. Dopamine If I Do
7. Live>Leave
8. Karoshi
9. Blind As A Bat…
10. Immigrant Boogie
11. Woe is Meee
12. End TImes