Needle Drop: The Ghibertins, The Life & Death of John Doe

Italian five-piece The Ghibertins have released their emotive sophomore album, The Life & Death of John Doe. The Milan-based band creates a style of music that is difficult to pigeonhole. Running through elements of classic indie-rock to electronic soundscapes and heartfelt indie-folk, The Ghibertins have offered up a chameleonic, distinctive collection of songs.

Headed by frontman Alessio Hofmann’s unique vocal delivery, The Ghibertins showcase the soulful rock of Hozier on “My First Day On Earth,” the post-grunge edge of Nickelback on “Round Trip,” and the indie-electronic soundscapes of AWOLNATION on “20149-Milano.”

The Life & Death of John Doe undulates throughout, catching you off guard as The Ghibertins move into Americana territory on the uplifting “Ropes & Kites” and “In Your Arms.” As the album closes, “My Last Day On Earth” offers a rousing, almost euphoric penultimate track; a track that sums up The Ghibertins willingness to embrace experimentation.

The Life & Death of John Doe is an affecting listen illustrating why the likes of Clash magazine, Music Week, Noctis magazine, and BBC Radio have covered the collective. With support slots alongside notable acts such as Fatherson and The Xcerts, The Life & Times of John Doe won’t be the last UK music lovers will be seeing of this talented quintet.

The Life & Death of John Doe is in stores now.

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