Spectrals is the project of Yorkshire musician Louis Jones, who crafted an Elvis Costello-inspired blend of pop, soul, doo-wop, and garage rock on his 2011 debut, Bad Penny. On June 18th, Jones will return with the outfit’s sophomore record, Sob Story, via Slumberland Records.
Produced by ex-Girls member Chet “JR” White, the 12-track LP finds Jones leaving behind his beloved reverb and doo-wop to embrace the country and rockabilly of iconic Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds. For a taste of the more “confident” Jones, he’s unveiled the title track, or “(what) might be the best song I’ve written,” according to a press release.
With a new sense of focus and emotionality, Jones’ vocals, almost Dylan-esque in their pacing, sound especially mournful over the sea of slide guitars and slow drum marches. Is it Jones’ peak, or just another step in the 23-year-old’s already multi-faceted musical journey? Judge for yourself when you click play below (via The FADER).
“I think this is the first time I’ve talked about religion in a song,” Jones adds. “I am romantic to a silly extent and I am disposed to believing in all sorts of things that there is absolutely no proof for but not Jesus and his Dad. I just don’t like the story that much, not compared to Harry Potter or something.”
Sob Story Tracklist:
01. Let Me Cave In
02. A Heartbeat Behind
04. Sob Story
05. Milky Way
06. Friend Zone
08. Something To Cry About
09. Blue Whatever
10. Keep Your Magic Out Of My House
12. In A Bad Way