Track: The statuesque Caligula make a welcome end of the month return with the gothic balladry of ‘The Ghost of Yesterday’

In their second life, the magnificent Caligula are maintaining the creative rage with the release of a new single every month, and the quality never waivers.

This month, it’s the semi-ballad ‘The Ghost of Yesterday’ – a poignant autobiographical track with writer/singer Ash Rothschild’s voice as close to tender as you can get. There is New Order sweep to the instrumentation: an expansive cinematic and widescreen sonic vista that is euphoric and elegant. Rothschild’s voice is yearning and soaked in regret as he looks back at the vicissitudes of life and repeats the line can I forgive myself?

Velvet smoking jackets, white lace shirts and a blast of misty Arctic air mixed in with red wine and regret: this song is an evocative and studied piece of gothic joy:

‘The Ghost of Yesterday’ is out today and available through all your favourite download/streaming sites.

You can catch the band in action at the Freeze Festival at Dee Why Beach on Saturday, 30 July 2022 30th July

Feature Photograph: Andrew Treadwell Photography

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