Independent psychedelic garagerock
One could be forgiven for getting that familiar feeling when listening to the music of Ghost Woman. And that’s not just because songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Evan Uschenko is deeply steeped in classic guitar-led rock & pop songwriting, it’s that the music was, by design, intended to be evocative. But not evocative, however, of any one thing; what separates the music of Ghost Woman from a great many other bands working today is his openness to non-specificity.
Since 2016, Ghost Woman has been Evan Uschenko’s outlet for his interest in songwriting and recording, which began after a number of years spent playing as sideman in various Canadian indie ensembles, most notably in the Michael Rault band. Following 2022’s self-titled debut, issued by UK-based Full Time Hobby to great critical acclaim, “Anne, If” presents a slightly more expansive vision of what Ghost Woman can offer. Uschenko eschews the notion that the band is – at least entirely – a “solo project”, as Ghost Woman’s live show is very much a band-centric affair, these days comprised of creative and romantic partner Ille van Dessel (Poolface) at the drums, and longtime hometown co-conspirator Nick Hay handling whatever string-related duties need attending to. Hay also contributes a lead vocal to “Anne, If”.