Apollo Ghosts: Dirty Letters to Nora

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Cutting through the romantic sap straight to the more explicit underpinnings of Valentines Day, we present to you the newest single by Vancouver’s Apollo Ghosts, recently offered up for free on their Facebook page. Its a beatnik sounding experimental number with strings, sounding like a Joe Jackson loop spread out underneath some well placed effects and overlayed with some spoken word lifted right out of the exquisitely smutty letters of Irish writer James Joyce.

While on his first return trip to Dublin from Zurich in 1909, James Joyce wrote a series of explicit pornographic letters to his long-time girlfriend (and future wife) Nora Barnacle. In the words of Nora herself, “I don’t know whether my husband is a genius or not, but he certainly has a dirty mind.”

Apollo Ghosts have taken some choice parts of one of his many dirty letters and laid them out for you to hear, heightened all the while by the experimental nature of the music behind the smoking spoken word.


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