Stray Ghost is the moniker of Anthony Baden Saggers, a self-taught Brighton based composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Oxfordshire.
‘Sonder’ is the second single to be taken from his new studio album ‘A Shade Under Thirty’ released via Phases Records. Asking us to connect with those who are lost through its mournful refrain, Sonder is a question, statement and declaration in poignant piano prose.
This follows the release of ‘Solace (Music For Nennad)’ earlier this summer. Dedicated to Nennad Novakovich who championed Stray Ghost in the early days, the track reconciles a sparse piano arrangement with the unfettered warmth of raw feeling; it is a heartfelt meditation on grief and love.
Stray Ghost has been quietly releasing progressive music on grassroots indie labels such as Hidden Shoal, Highpoint Lowlife, Time Released Sound and 1631 Recordings for just over a decade. His early albums were more ambient and noise based before the gradual introduction of neo classical elements. Phases Records is now releasing his latest studio album ‘A Shade Under Thirty’ in addition to his back catalogue from 2010.
Stray Ghost explores new spaces in contemporary music guided as much by luminaries such as Scott Walker, Lee Hazlewood, Nick Cave, Bernard Hermann and The Beach Boys as he is by neo-classical artists like Dustin O’ Halloran.
A piano-centric melancholic affair, Stray Ghost’s latest outing is a young man’s ruminations on life’s big questions – humanity, climate change, war and of course, love. ‘A Shade Under Thirty’ is a collection of compositions that not only reflect on the world around him but the artist’s values, work and achievements at the age of thirty.