The music of GhostChant is, appropriately, haunted by traces of musical spirits that Joe Cornwell (the young man behind the moniker) must've registered subliminally... some listeners will hear echoes of 'intelligent' drum'n'bass, and artists as diverse as Everything But The Girl, Boards of Canada and The Wu-Tang Clan in the emotional atmospherics created by this remarkable new talent... others have already him as part of the 'future garage' movement, and Joe himself will namecheck the likes of Burial, Bonobo and even MJ Cole as influences on his music. None of which quite prepares you for the depth and quality of Sincerity, his debut album. Originally from London, Joe now hails from Liverpool, where he was until fairly recently a university student studying music -though Joe puts 'studying' in inverted commas: 'I didn't really attend many lectures. I just spent all my time writing my own music.' If Sincerity is the result, Joe's academic loss is our gain. Not until recently associated with underground music, Liverpool now has a thriving scene spanning the worlds of rock and dance. Cornwell made a big splash at the city's recent Sound City festival event, and speaks highly of the creative buzz that now emanates through the city's more left-field venues. As well as Sound City, he's played as far afield as Hong Kong, where he opened (in a live set) for fellow maverick Kieron Hebdon's FourTet at the island's Clockenflap Festival. He also played the BBC's Introducing... stage at this year's Bestival. It's an intense, somewhat dark journey from one end of the album to the other, but we're betting that just like us, you'll be heading straight back to the beginning as soon as you've reached the end. We're expecting big things from this album and probably even bigger to come from GhostChant... don't sleep on it!