Toronto-based alternative artist, Delyn Grey, has returned with a somber message in her music video for “Ghost Town,” off of her EP Disappointment Girl.
For Delyn, “Ghost Town” is all about the desperate times that people are facing in the world today, and how we all watch individuals, towns, cities, and countries so harshly impacted by the unknown. The track is all about how it’s okay to take the time to learn, to heal, to seek answers.
The song reminds us all that we should be should kind to our neighbors, and hopeful.
“I wrote this song two days into quarantine. Feelings of helplessness, shock, and disbelief became suffocating. Funnily enough, this is probably the only “uplifting” and “unifying” song I’ve written,” says Delyn. “The world is in turmoil. That can’t and should NOT be ignored. We have to do our part in taking this seriously. Use your voices. Not to delegate or to sway opinions, but to optimize this opportunity to share, connect, support and heal. Don’t hide behind your screens and wait for someone else to make the difference, find the answers, and feel the feelings.”
At one point, likes, followers, views, and listens distorted Delyn’s relationship with music, and a old home video snapped her out of it. She realized that social media is oversaturated with amazing things to get people through life, but that it does not mean there isn’t a place for her, or other aspiring artists.
In the video, she watched her two-year-old self sitting motionless on a hotel bed watching her dad, mesmerized as he he played the guitar and sang to her. “Watching it, I could see myself fall in love with music in its purest form–no vanity, no edits, no outside noise. That’s the image I envision any time I feel like I’m losing touch with what drives me and what I truly fell in love with,” Delyn shared.
“Ghost Town” can be found on Delyn’s EP, Disappointment Girl. The EP signals the long-gestating rebirth of her sound, her style and her single-minded approach to her deeply intimate art. “This sound was a turning point” she explains.
“I wasn’t hesitating to harness feelings deeper than, “Wow that guy is cute or ouch you hurt me.” I was going through some rough stuff, man, and this EP is the product of my processing.”
In the end, Delyn just wants to make music that’s fearless. She doesn’t want people to hear it and think she played it safe. “My art wants purpose and I work hard to serve that. I don’t know if it’s me being too impatient to listen to my surroundings more, but I really envy artists that can spit songs out effortlessly because nothing comes out until a song that wants to be sung, finds me, and says go,” says Delyn.
You can stream “Ghost Town” on Spotify HERE.
Watch the music video for “Ghost Town” below: