We need to make our way through the deep, thick, Scandinavian forest, into the wilderness until we reach A Choir Of Ghosts, fingerpicking the guitar to folksy vigorous tunes to long for. The front person, Sweden-based James Augers’ musical foundation: the soil, is through the reminiscence of Kurt Cobain, topped with the water, sun and air of The Tallest Man On Earth and Hollow Coves, making ACOG give you a feeling of all shades of nostalgia. A Choir of Ghosts has had a few singles since 2016 - "Morning Light" currently has over 1.4 million streams on Spotify, and the trend is rising - and released an EP that received international media coverage and carried him across the borders of the Swedish wilderness, among others on extensive tours through Central Europe.With the release of his widely acclaimed debut album “An Ounce of Gold” in April of this year, the Swede by choice was once again able to secure euphoric international press praise. After a spring European tour that was canceled due to Covid-19, “Skin & Bones” is the first musical sign of life from A Choir of Ghosts.
The song features the trademark heartfelt vocal and fingerpicked guitar we are used to hearing from A Choir of Ghosts. Compared to the material from his debut album there is notable progress and maturity. But the honesty remains and the simple arrangement only enhances the final impact of the words. Simplicity is often the best thing for a musician and it really works for A Choir of Ghosts, an arrangement that shifts the focus of the listener to the lyrics and the message beyond. Skin & Bones carries the feeling of nostalgia, sadness and homesickness, longing for being with a loved one. There's also the element of realization that you can't always be there to fix things for those close to you, they have to do it themselves.
"You said it’ll be alright
But I can’t be there, to take the fight"