On their new single “Ghost Town,” The Young Step shift from the sometimes-feral power of El Clàsico—an album built on heavy bass and unruly guitar work, thrashing drums and wild vocals—and drift toward a smooth-and-breezy sophisti-pop sound.
With its warm guitar tones and gentle grooves, “Ghost Town” proves to be both escapist and unsettling, its lyrics speaking to the existential complexities of the band’s adopted hometown Saint Augustine, FL (e.g., the ravages of recent hurricanes, the real and/or metaphorical haunting inevitable in America’s oldest city). "It being the oldest city in America lends itself to many ghost stories. I think we’re attracted to those stories because we can relate with the idea of ghosts in a lot of ways. In the moment pain can make you feel like you’re the only one experiencing it and there’s no one who can relate to you. Like a ghost who no one believes in, or who people see through, and also the idea of not being able to grasp anything concrete. In that way, I’d say the town has definitely lended inspiration, but I think any place could do that if you lived there long enough, just in a different way."