Non-Spiritual Spirituals: “Weighty Ghost” by Wintersleep

You know how sometimes when you hear a song, you know that right away you’ll love it?

That’s how “Weighty Ghost” by Wintersleep was for me. I discovered it through a playlist on the music-streaming site 8tracks. It got me immediately. I fell in love with the way the beat starts out high and a little shaky, then gets right into this deep, heavy tone. The beat almost sounds like a spiritual (that rhythmic oh-na-na-na-na-na) which is fitting for the lyrics themselves. Paul Murphy talks about coming to terms with this “weighty ghost,” which could be interpreted as putting his soul to rest.

I also love the contrasts in this song: not only is there an obvious oxymoron in the title (how can a ghost be “weighty”?), but Murphy’s vocals are a little reedy compared to the driving, thumping rhythm he sings over.

The song always makes me think about the ways we use music as an outlet. When we listen to artists that are so intimate, as Wintersleep is on “Weighty Ghost,” it helps us confront our own demons.

Are there songs that have been helpful for you in overcoming your own “weighty ghosts”?

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