Voice Play - Grim Grinning Ghosts


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Hurrah! It is almost Christmas. But first we have to get Hallowe'en out of the way. Now I'm all for the spookiest holiday of all in that Hocus Pocus is a rather excellent movie and I can also legitimately watch The Nightmare Before Christmas in October. Aces. I'm also for some Hallowe'en tuneage if it is done well - and VoicePlay tackling Grim Grinning Ghosts is just spellbinding. For those of you who don't know who VoicePlay are then a) shame on you and b) here is a quick potted history. The five fellas are an amazing aural treat for young and old alike. Their music-with-no-instruments sound relies solely on their stunning vocal abilities. Together they weave together their voices to create a rich, textured and layered sound that is resonant with their harmonies & rife with their creative ways of creating instrumental sounds. The visuals that accompany their musical endeavours are equally as captivating as the sounds they craft so lovingly. They have a rich history with Disney and, while they are equally adept at subverting and rebuilding other musical genres in their own image, I'm always delighted when they return to the House of Mouse. Grim Grinning Ghosts is the theme song for the Haunted Mansion attractions at Disney theme parks - one of my favourite rides there (and one I am most looking forward to when I return to DisneyWorld in early December). VoicePlay really conjure up an aura of mystical mischief with their dazzling vocal inflections, blended harmonies and inventive sound effects. Geoff's otherworldly deep, resonant bass-like vocals seem to swirl in from the ethers yet anchor the track, alongside the beatbox percussion. There's a permeation of gleeful decadence that comes shining through the vocals - really embedding the characters they sing of for the listener; what ghost wouldn't want to kick up their heels and live after-life to the max after being hidden away all the live long day? Combined with the video (above) that brings to life elements of the Haunted Mansion, it is not just an example of vocal ingenuity and excellence but a character study with fully formed personalities in less than 2 minutes. Someone get these Grim Grinning Ghosts a webseries, stat! So luxuriate in VoicePlay giving you Hallowe'en musical alchemy (they also do a mean This Is Hallowe'en and I wouldn't be averse to I Put A Spell On You for next year), before those Peppermint Winter nights start drawing in...
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