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Track Review: Galapaghost’s Jellyfish

Galapaghost’s track is like a wisp of smoke, here and gone in a second.

Kevin Ashley

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A simple track review this time, I’m doing Galapaghost’s “Jellyfish”. Casey Chandler, aka Galapaghost, is from Woodstock, New York, and has released five albums over his career. His newest, Sootie, is an all-electronic departure from his usual indie folk.

The track, “Jellyfish” has a music video, and on first glance it seems like hipster-bait. However, there is a deeper meaning. The video is described as portraying “that all familiar feeling of watching life pass you by, I wanted to encapsulate this emotion through a series of vignettes where we would explore both the contemplative beauty in the monotony of the drifting through daily life, and the chaotic energy of the dissatisfied mind”

I have to agree with this statement, as the video’s cinematography and visuals displays discontentment, anger, and resignation without directly referring to them. Someone watching for the first time might identify subconsciously with these feelings, and do some self-searching to find out what they are feeling. But how’s the music?

I have no idea what genre this is, but I’m going to say indie pop/ambient. I’ve never heard anything like this before. There’s a very basic beat, some mildly distorted vocals, and a buzzing synth pad in the background. It’s calming, I’ll give it that, but on it’s own there’s not much substance to prop it up. It’s there like a wisp of smoke, and then gone on the wind. I can see how it fits with the video, but outside of that I feel there isn’t much impact, at least to me.

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Kevin is a graduate from Central Washington University, where he was awarded a Bachelors degree in Professional and Creative Writing. He currently lives in Silverdale, Washington, where he explores new food and drink, goes to concerts, and works on personal projects.

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