Próxima Parada returns with the bright, soulful cut “Musta Been A Ghost,” via AntiFragile Music, which fits perfectly in the midst of summer. The California-based outfit — Aaron Kroeger (percussion), Kevin Middlekauff (bass), Nick Larson (vocals, keys), and Joshua Collins (guitar) — with roots hailing from San Luis Obispo, curate a delectable arrangements of grooves and an inspirative heart. Acting as their first single from their upcoming album, Kind Reminder, due September 27, the quartet’s lead is a cool drink of water that adds to a blissful, golden haze.
Led by Larson’s soulful and thick vocal dollops that seem to devour each bright chord, “Musta Been A Ghost” juxtaposes the lyrical haunts to a degree: “shame on my eyes thinking you were real.” Biting on sharp snare and cymbal cracks, to be only hushed with faint keys, the lively structure sees a better future after viewing a past haunt, thanks to a wafting aroma of funk.
Aged with wisdom comes the track’s pauses, breathing in the art of letting go. For the collective this is not only a clever transmutation of time but pulls back just enough to want to fall back in the quartet’s joyful disposition.