Review: I may not be in love with a ghost, but I sure am in love with ILWAG’s “healing”


The artwork for In Love with a Ghost’s song “healing,” by artist Sarlis (@sarlisart)

Lisette Harris, Staff Reporter

In the depths of the music genre known as lo-fi music, a type of music known for their lower quality of sound recordings, one will find In Love with a Ghost: a musician with the talent of making extremely cute and loveable music.

His name is unknown, but the songs he produces and the things he tweets on Twitter give him enough of a sense of his identity for his fans to admire him. Only one of the 15 videos he has on YouTube shows any hint of what he looks like, and his face is never revealed.

His music, which can be found floating around on websites such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Youtube and Spotify, is incredibly cheerful and always manages to put a smile on your face.

On March 3, he released his newest album on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Spotify. The album, which he said is “a story about witches, magic and friendship,” is called “healing.” It has the vibe of the kind of album someone would listen to on a bike ride in the park on a calm, sunny day, but it has a very limited amount of lyrics.

Filled with adorable songs like “welcome at azerty and qwerty’s home” and songs that are easy to just listen and relax to like “let’s walk across this forest, i can feel that everything is real again,” would make someone feel the need to nod their head and tap their fingers to the beat each time they hear it.

One of the songs that stands out the most is “i know it’s not easy but you’re not alone anymore,” which starts out with peaceful piano music and then slowly adds more beats to the rest of the song, sounding like something a person would listen to on a rainy day. It encourages a feeling of satisfaction and slight joy when listening to it.

A more serene tune would be “am i a boy? am i a girl? do i really care? i’m hungry anyway.” It starts with a soothing female voice repeating things about salad and kicks into a relaxing beat.

The appeal to this music is what led him to have 165,830 subscribers on YouTube, where anyone can listen to a couple of songs off the album like “qwerty enchanted the house and now it’s attacking us” or “i was feeling down, then i found a nice witch and now we’re best friends.”

“Healing” provides unique sounds that a lot of people have never experiences before. Anyone who is looking for new music to break out of their musical comfort zone should listen to this album and explore even more artists like him by searching on music platforms or even just by suggestions on YouTube.

While the sound recording is not an extremely high quality like the music of artists like Ed Sheeran and Drake, it is still definitely worth the listen.

Not only that, but listening to this album may open up a whole new sea of music for someone to choose from and with the pleasant, lively sounds that will fill their ears, there will be a grin on their face and a special spot in their heart for In Love with a Ghost.