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Artist: Headphone

GhostwriterLabel: Play It Again Sam
Release Date: May 19th, 2008

If modeling oneself after another prolific, wildly successful band didn't carry such a flagrant stigma in this day and age, then Headphone's 2008 debut Ghostwriter would bring you to your knees. The diminutive Ghent-based trio are among the second legitimate wave of groups to emerge from the latter-day Radiohead sound. And as such, they are liable to heavy scrutiny and, undoubtedly, deaf ears.

Ghostwriter battles despairingly against the past and, furthermore, what has already been conveyed. Even the opening track, "In White Rooms," finds front man Ian Marien howling dirges around a zigzag frame of afflicted bass lines and barren drums. The likeness to Muse, who could be considered among the first legitimate wave, is uncanny.

Yet they frequently employ these recognizable musical endearments to force you look beyond the similarities. Songs like "Skinner" make use of petulant expression, carrying a distinct tinge of Thom Yorke's vulnerability circa Kid A. For some though, Marien may be simply parroting back a signature tone.

Headphone - "Ghostwriter"