Make way for the protégée. Everyone from buddy Boy George to U.K. record exec Andrew Wickham (who signed Joni Mitchell) is claiming credit for discovering Ghost (née Gosein), a London-based singer-songwriter of Indian and Spanish descent. And with good reason.
Ghost, 25, is a wunderkind of the Fiona Apple variety, with a throaty, aggressive alto and eclectic songwriting style that reflect her sense of displacement. On the club-ready "Filthy Mind" she spits out bitter come-hither commands ("Could you make a suggestion/ For an act I would enjoy?"). Later she sounds brightly pop-savvy, enlivening "Idol" and "Glory Girl" with sing-along choruses. Throughout there is an edgy, enchanting melancholy, best captured on the introverted "Cellophane," on which she wails, "Nobody moves me/ I've been through this life/ "With no place that I can call my own."