Single Review: Simian Ghost – When You’re Ready

By on Thursday, 6th July 2017 at 12:00 pm

For the past 6 years, Swedish alt-pop four-piece Simian Ghost have been gaining constant attention from the likes of BBC Radio 2 and The Times. Keeping up appearances, they are back, bringing the Scandinavian summer to us with their current single ‘When You’re Ready’, via Heist or Hit.

The band started as a recording project for songwriter Sebastian Arnström, who released one LP and one EP as a solo artist in 2011. Since then, Simian Ghost have grown in both physical members and in popularity. ‘When You’re Ready’ Arnstsröm admits was originally written for fellow Swede and singer/songwriter Zara Larsson a few years ago. He and bandmate Mathias Zachrisson sat down to write the song, but eventually realised Larsson wouldn’t want a song from them. Instead, they decided to record it themselves, becoming their first truly pop record. Releasing this track themselves has proven to be the right decision, putting any uncertainty aside and developing their sound using their unique knack for hooky melodies.

‘When You’re Ready’ is the perfect happy-go-lucky indie pop hit, like the love child between Owl City and The 1975. With its glimmering guitar and synth sounds over a tight and bouncy groove, the instrumentation presents a carefree sense of innocence. The bass and drums act as one and the same. Every accent and musical flair is perfectly matched, which is great for the technically minded. This teamwork only strengthens the playful vibe of the track, making the listener want to do only one thing: dance. With help from producer Thomas Hedlund of Phoenix, ‘When You’re Ready’ creates its electric sound by layering buoyant and articulate parts on top of one another; each one as quirky as the last. And the sharp, lucid vocal melody, double-tracked in octave harmony decorates the song perfectly.

After three previous albums of music that sat on the brink of pop, ‘When You’re Ready’ gives Simian Ghost a new lease on life firmly in pop territory. The single is a perfect ‘begin to the summer’ song and one we’re glad the lads decided to record it themselves.


‘When You’re Ready’ is out now via Heist or Hit. Watch a live performance by the band of the single at a Sofar Sounds show in Stockholm below. To read TGTF’s previous coverage on Simian Ghost, including editor Mary’s coverage of the band performing at SXSW 2017, go here.


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