The show at Chalk Brighton
follows a brand new piano version of Morbid Fascination
— a haunting cut of floaty key taps and visceral vocals that sees the Ghosts on Tape track transformed from a buzzing cut of alt-rock into an emotive ballad.
The new album marks a leap forwards for the band, one that develops their sound almost beyond recognition, while capturing Blood Red Shoes at their most musically and emotionally mature.
As Steven Ansell explains:
"We've always been outsiders right from the very beginning… We have made an entire career out of being told what we are "not", of being rejected, of not fitting in, and this album is us deliberately pushing into all of our strangeness, emphasising all of the things that make us different."
Obsessed by true crime and murder podcasts, many songs on the record are told in character and explore the dark psyche of those at the pinnacle of outsiderdom: serial killers.
Ghosts on Tape paints a picture of a dark and unsettling world. It is the sound of a unified and confident duo who know exactly who they are, even if the wider world doesn't really get it.
The sound of two people who have spent their entire adult lives making music together and who, more than ever, are finding new pathways for their creativity.
"Ultimately this album is an invitation", adds Steven.
"It's us saying, this is our world, these are our darkest thoughts and feelings - our ghosts - caught on tape. You are welcome to join us. Come and embrace the strange."
In the wake of the album's release, the band also unveiled a 15-minute short film
of the same name sound-tracked by songs from the album.