Review – “Purple Period” – Ghost Thoughts

a0171967032_10reviewed by Laura Stanley

Did you know that babies can go through a period of “purple crying”? I Googled “Purple Period” – in case my minimal knowledge of art history failed me and “Purple Period” was the lesser known sequel to Picasso’s Blue Period – and found a lot of parenting websites coming to my aid. Apparently the period of purple crying describes a phase in a baby’s life where they cry a lot.

There’s no mention of a relapse in your early 20s but I’m going to make a medical assumption and say this period of purple crying reoccurs in young adulthood and is often accompanied by feelings of loneliness and uncertainty. Unlike when you were a baby, in this second period, your parents or caregiver are not really there to take care of you but your friends are. And that’s exactly what Purple Period feels like – friends taking care of friends.

Purple Period is like dropping in on a circle of friends catching up and offering words of support to combat the tough stuff. Ghost Thoughts is a project from Thee AHs’ Davina Shell who currently resides in Amsterdam. Each track is written by Shell but as Shell says, “Each track is sung by a different female voice, all Canadian…giving a unique style on each song, as well as multiplying the number of women’s voices in a male dominated industry.”

“David: My Father’s Father’s Father” (Celina Kurtz) and “Everyone Dies Alone” (Thee AHs alumnus Sarah Lowenstein) are brilliantly bright, poppy numbers but weigh heavy with the pain of verbal abuse (“Everyday he says I’m ugly and that is why nobody likes me,” sings Kurtz on “David…”) and relationship anxieties. “Sonia, you’re giving me insomnia,” sings Lowenstein in the latter track; “All you have to do is ask me to say,” she pleads to close out the track.

As the sharing continues,  Purple Period grows more outwardly sullen but this is a safe space so it’s okay. Alie Lynch of Supermoon repeats the phrase, “I’m lonely when she’s not with me” in the warped doo-wop stylings of “Aristophanes,” Jessica Wright gets tongue-tied in the carnival-esq “Eintagsliebe”, and Elisha Rembold of Fake Tears brings an 80s rock vibe to “Unicorn,”  a track about a toxic living situation.

Ghost Thoughts are there for each other and are here to help you through your own Purple Period.

Top Track: “Everyone Dies Alone”

Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)

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