Following the release of their second studio album, Night Church, London three-piece Ghosts Of Our Former Selves are sharing an up-tempo slice of modern soul and funk with their new single Beautiful World. With songwriting that’s heavily influenced by the classic songs of the 70’s and early 80s, there are shades of Marvin, Stevie and even The Police that run through this track.

The band brought it to life at Metropolis studios in London and worked with funk keyboard master Jon Moody (Franc Moody) to inject an energy that feels instantly infectious and uplifting. Yet, in their trademark fashion, the sound and title of Beautiful World belie its deeper meaning and a closer listen to the lyrics reveals a poignant contrast of dark and light.

Theo Brehony, singer and lyricist, explains, “It’s actually about feeling trapped by life – I’m having a conversation with myself in the song. You start negotiating with yourself making plans and promises but you have to be careful not to fool yourself. You can turn around and life has passed you by. I always had this feeling that the world is so beautiful that you have to live like it’s your last day.”

For two summers pre-2020 Ghosts Of Our Former Selves toured France playing shows in the beautiful surroundings of castles and vineyards around the country, and with a camera crew in tow. The Beautiful World music video is a nostalgic collection of those memories and you can’t escape a feeling of optimism from a band who can’t wait to get out on the road again.