Meet Brooklyn, NY based producer, violinist and songwriter Illicit Ghost. Her debut single “Drunk and Alone” marries Fiona Apple’s lyrical strengths with Lana Del Rey’s somber but sultry pop, making for a sad-drunk millennial anthem that’s both painfully relatable and stunningly raw. Listen here
“Drunk and Alone,” co-produced with Elliot Jacobson (Vérité, Allie X), was written “one morning in the middle of a blizzard,” recalls Illicit Ghost. “The first random series of notes I played became the piano part you hear repeating throughout the song. I hit record with no idea of what I would sing about so I made the lyrics up as I went along. These are the words you hear in the song now.”
Contrary to the literal meaning of the words, “Drunk and Alone” is about the search for inner harmony.
“The phrase ‘drunk and alone’ is a metaphor for being able to sit alone with myself and process the pain that life will inevitably throw my way and to still find some sort of happiness and find the good in it. It’s about trying to find myself, and realizing that there’s a world out there and maybe even a place for me in it. It’s about feeling misunderstood but letting it go, continuing to move forward despite setbacks, and being aware of shortcomings and strengths, all while taking care of myself and finding peace with it all.”
Illicit Ghost explains her process: “I like to do things in one shot, let the sounds make me feel a certain way and see what words come out.”
Illicit Ghost is currently finishing production on more singles to be released into 2019, distributed by AWAL.