With the release of his critically acclaimed debut, All Hell, the Carlisle, PA-based Daughn Gibson made quite an impression as an artist to pay attention to — his moody debut used scratchy Americana samples, backed by his deep, brooding baritone to create a sound that was eerie and hauntingly unique as it mixed electronica with country music. His sophomore effort and Sub Pop Records debut, Me Moan, which like his previous effort was release to critical praise, still employs the use of scratchy, ghost-like samples to eerie effect.
“Phantom Rider,” the latest single and video off Gibson’s exceptional album is one of my favorite tracks off the album. It employs Gibson’s deep, crooning baritone over icily swirling and howling electronics, looped finger snaps, bits of twangy guitar, and possesses a subtle nod to house music. Lyrically, the song (much like most of the material off the album) focuses on the ghosts that seem to linger – the regrets, desires, and losses that fill our lives. (Shot in a gorgeous, noir-ish black and white, the video has Gibson moving about in a smoky room, as a skull and then a skeleton is projected on to him. It’s a creepy effect.)
Sonically, Gibson’s work makes a connection between electro pop, country music, alt country and goth music in a way that makes his sound among the most unique and haunting I’ve come across in quite some time.