Raving Ghost is an album populated by mysterious characters in various states of danger - cursed lovers, doomed souls, women deliriously haunted by unseen forces. Over the course of it's 11 spellbinding tracks, Olivia Jean amplifies that drama with her wildly melodic take on garage rock, handling each riff with the power and precision she's previously shown as a member of the Black Belles and as an in-demand session/touring musician who has played with legends like Wanda Jackson. Featuring backing from such top musicians as My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster, Jellyfish co-founder Roger Joseph Manning Jr, and drummers Carla Azar (T-Bone Burnett, Nikki Lane) and Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs, The Afghan Whigs), songs such as the serpentine title track and a frenetic cover of Enya's classic "Orinoco Flow" stand tall as a feverish collision of goth- punk, power-pop, and classic garage, charged with an energy so intense that the speakers to several of Valentine Recording Studios' vintage amps ended up blowing out during the sessions. A stunning evolution of the retro-surf sound featured on Olivia Jean's critically acclaimed past solo work, Raving Ghost ultimately proves the most magnificently heavy and mesmerizing output yet from an endlessly fascinating artist.
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