Although Galapaghost (real name Casey Chandler) has had flirtations with electronic music in the past, his latest single “Jellyfish” marks his first fully fledged foray into the genre. The song is self-produced by the Austin based, Woodstock native, and although the exact genre is hard to pin down I think its best described as Julian Casablancas in a dreamscape. Yes their voices are that similar, even if their music couldn’t be further apart.
"Jellyfish" evokes a feeling of floating through the river of life, looking around and seeing all the things you have done or will ever do before you head off to the great beyond. The textures and synth selection helps the song to ride a fine line between hope, melancholy and the feeling of safety; quite the feat of song writing. Its understated drum beat does just enough to propel the track forward, with some great use of lofi sampled drums in the chorus to prevent any monotony.
Lyrically the song keeps it short and sweet with only five lines of text with various la da da da’s throughout. On first glance the lyrics seem straightforward, but Chandler keeps it vague enough where a lot is still left up to your own imagination. The delivery of said lyrics is spot on with an intimate and soft spoken performance.
It takes guts to change genres when you have an already established fan base, but Chandler has pulled it off without skipping a beat.
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