B.D. Gottfried’s music always comes with a hint of macabre sophistication, a satisfying, rich, darkness that makes each song a memorable listen. Ghosts & Girls comes to provide more of the same. With a smoother edge and a lighter sound, B.D. Gottfried maintains an image of being a capable alternative rock craftsman.

With pulling grooves and intoxicating atmospheres, the Kitchener-based, Canadian B.D Gottfied returns with his 10th solo effort. Co-written and produced by Juno award winner Siegfried Meier, Ghosts & Girls is an expectedly beautiful sounding journey, and a healthy one at that, clocking in at nearly 50 minutes, packing 11 of Gottfried’s unconventionally conventional pieces of songwriting.

The sound of Gottfried’s music lies within the far-reaching realms of alternative rock with its driving grooves, distorted power chords, and heavy-handed, forward-pushing momentum that’s imbued into every chord sequence and lyrical delivery. ‘Ghosts & Girls’ is also a quite uniform listen that feels cohesive and self-complementary, with consistent production cues and a unity to the songwriting style. The songs are usually slower in tempo with Gottfried leaning more towards sledgehammers of beats, dark pads, and a sound lush with reverb in favor of rock’s more predictable, life-in-the-fast-lane attitude -more proof of Gottfried’s musical individuality, a songwriter who intentionally veers off from the conventions of musical trends and any modicum of the notion of “what sells”.

The album’s lead single ‘Two Worlds’ puts on display almost every aspect that defines Gottfried’s sound. A rock song with thick-sounding bass and distorted riffs, a slow-paced, 4-on-the-floor beat, and Gottfried’s somber delivery that’s infinitely soulful, making every syllable immersive. Gottfried truly excels at using his voice as an instrument that supports the arrangement rather than lie on top of it, or rely on it. Gottfried’s voice gives weight to the instrumental that it is wrapped around, a fact that’s clear as daylight on ‘Two Worlds’. The uniformity mentioned above is not to deny the fact that Ghosts & Girls is also a varied listen. With the musical romance and softness of ‘Crystal City Soldiers’ and ‘Warbird’, to the infectious melodies and riffs on ‘Live, Fight & Die’ and ‘Never Surrender to The Flame’ that border on Green Day-esque punk/pop rock, the album capably displays Gottfried’s range as a songwriter.

‘Ghosts & Girls’ is a moody, charismatic, enjoyable, and dark listen that takes no effort to enjoy at the first glance, but one that would definitely grow more defined with subsequent listens. With dense mixes that sound truly delightful, Siegfried Meier’s top-notch production work gives Gottfried’s work the most fitting attire, masking the intricate mixes with a graceful simplicity that keeps giving up more and more details with more listens. A terrific affair from a veteran whose cult following and 10 studio albums should be more than enough to convince anybody to give this album a go.