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Simian Ghost release video for 'Never Really Knew' | FESTIVALPHOTO

Simian Ghost release video for 'Never Really Knew'

Alt pop three-piece Siman Ghost, from Sandviken/Gävle, Sweden, released their debut album Infinite Traffic Everywhere during the winter of 2010 to great enthusiasm and critical acclaim. It topped the critics chart in Sweden and was voted record of the year by the readers at In 2011 the band toured Sweden and shared stages with the likes of Mount Kimbie, SBTRKT and Niki and the Dove to name but a few.

Most importantly, 2011 saw their first release with UK label and tastemakers Heist Or Hit, who oversaw their Lovelorn EP, which hit our shores in November. Lead track Free Agent saw wide acclaim not only in the UK and Europe but even in the US, where Pitchfork deemed it strong enough to feature in the first week of their site redesign as a key track. Other credible and relevant sources went on to follow in their footsteps – Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, The Fly and i-D all proclaiming their love for the track and subsequent EP.

Whereas Lovelorn, a wonderfully understated but primarily electronic record, was in Sebastian’s words "a collection of songs all conceived in my messy living room, very DIY”, the follow up Youth was very much more of a full band affair. Reflecting their live presence, the guitars came back and the result is a stylish coming together of all the debut’s promise with added sophistication and maturity.

Writer: Anthony May
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