Delyn Grey Gets it Right on “Ghost Town”
Finally, at long last, someone has hit it right and exact on the head, perfectly encapsulating the previous 12 months or so. That someone just so happens to be Delyn Grey, an artist exemplar adept at songwriting, keyboard playing, percussion banging, and the intricacies of the vocal booth. Her stroke of genius, you ask? What observant, piquant imagery in the form of lyrical poetry has she brought hauntingly to life via her music? None other than the recently released single and video for “Ghost Town”.
With such a title, you can already tell what the young woman is coming with on this piece. Either acoustic guitar or piano, correct? Plaintive, and in subdued tones, accentuated by forlorn vocals about the way things have been—or should have been, unfortunately, in far too many stateside places—during these times that still seem so novel to those acutely aware of them?
The tune is affirmative on both counts, although she goes with the piano instead of the acoustic guitar. But what no one could’ve imagined until they actually listen to this oeuvre is the trenchant nature of her lyrics, unabashedly depicting the scattering of humans in the wake of what some have termed biochemical warfare.
The lyricist delivers a riveting portrayal of clouds sundering, downcast masked faces, and an otherwise lyrical palette of colors, sensations, and memories of what life turned into once the double deuces (the 2020s) took over not so long ago. Her piano is delicate and painstaking, buttressed ever so often by the searing of strings that are likely some tricked out synth, and a plodding drum track missing a snare on every bar, adding to the feeling that something just quite isn’t right with the desolation endured among those who take their health seriously.
And to Grey’s credit, she actually takes a stand past the midway point of the tune in what would be the bridge if it didn’t provide such a climatic overture. The music soars, the bass really kicks in and she beseeches those in the “Ghost Town” she describes to not be afraid, to walk with your people, to defy the separation of mankind at this vital moment of time (and in the song).
The message is as poignant now as it was in the many years leading up to the last one, testifying to her ingenuousness as a songwriter—and artist.