Ghostpoet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, already boasts a distinguished career, this being his fourth studio album, two of which have been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Ejimiwe never fails to create confrontational work, his conversational but baying lyrics, sitting over unrest and fractured loops, feel like post-apocalyptic soundscapes full of sorrow and dejection. It’s harrowing listening at times but then art is supposed to imitate life.
What is so fascinating about all Ghostpoet’s work to date is his ability to mould a variety of genres and techniques into something hugely coherent and distinctly his. In (We’re) Dominoes we are treated to morbid, jazz piano sitting over hip-hop beats with IDM-esque textures dwelling mournfully in the backdrop, giving the music multiple dimensions and a truly nuanced sound. The album is a breathtaking achievement and could well be the one to finally break Ejimiwe’s Mercury Prize duck.
4 / 5