Who did Ashley Slater scare? Review of “Spooky Scary Skeletons” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts”
Today in my review the brilliant, slightly scary and very funny Ashley Slater plays the main role. While writing this text I could get to know at least a little bit about the musical achievements of this fantastic trombonist, vocalist and man of many talents. It is a kind of honour for me to be able to write about his work. In this review I’m going to show you his “spooky” side – because the songs in question, that is “Spooky Scary Skeletons” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts” are Halloween hits, which absolutely cannot be missed at your party this year!
My advice: while reading this, be sure to turn this song on. I’m curious if you will discover what I noticed from the first sounds. First of all, listen to the fantastic intro. If I’m not mistaken, Betty Booom (who I recently had the opportunity to write about in my review of “Puttin’ On the Ritz”) used the sound of the xylophone again to create this track. This instrument totally reminds me of skeletons – as if their knuckles were bumping against each other, creating an interesting composition with the rest of the elements (for example, with that creepy door opening – I’m already shivering, aren’t you?). If you also like unobvious combinations of music genres such as Electro Swing, EDM, dubstep and house, I guarantee that “Spooky Scary Skeletons” will immediately win your hearts. And it will quickly jump to the “favourites” position on your playlists.
I just love the deep sound of Ashley Slater’s voice. It’s strong, firm and a little bit scary which makes it perfect for the Halloween atmosphere. When I first heard him sing, I thought to myself that he would make a great voice-over artist. What a surprise! Did you know that Ashley Slater has done voice-overs for many animated productions? He really is a man of many talents – if you don’t believe it, be sure to read about him online. His achievements are truly impressive.
Now you understand that no one else could do it as perfectly as Ashley. I can’t imagine that Betty Booom could have invited anyone else to create “Spooky Scary Skeletons”!
When I found out that Ashley Slater had created this track with The Great Glenn Gatsby (seriously, I think I’ll always refer to him that way again), I was overjoyed. Two fantastic artists in one song: it couldn’t go wrong! I have already written about Glenn Gatsby, among others, when reviewing “Every Now And Then” recorded with Sonia Elisheva. It is a real hit. A class of its own. And you know what? It’s been an incredible pleasure to watch Glenn grow musically, experimenting with Electro Swing like no one else.
And if you thought that Ashley scared you for good in “Spooky Scary Skeletons”, listening to “Grim Grinning Ghosts” you will be quite surprised. His loud voice and shrill laughter combined with his son Grover’s chorus is a truly fantastic combination. You guys know very well that you create a unique, original duo – I’d love to hear your other tracks. And that loud trombone, which adds to the dread while making us fully savour every sound in this track.
Odd Chap on YouTube wrote a comment under this song that it is his favourite Electro Swing Halloween song. I totally agree with him! It is absolutely impossible to sit still while listening to “Grim Grinning Ghosts”. The unobvious tempo changes, the perfect choice of every sound and mix and Ashley and Grover’s vocals are a really brilliant combination.
There’s been a whole host of new Halloween tracks lately. This day is really fast approaching, so I think you should prepare a special playlist for the occasion – for example Spooky Swing – Electro Swing Halloween 2021, available on Spotify. Who knows, maybe someone will scare you even more than Ashley Slater?
Written & reviewed by LadyDot (Ja, Wizeruk) Date: 2021-10-31
Anna (LadyDot) was born in ’94, but always felt she came from the Golden Twenties. “Polka” in Polish means “girl from Poland”, so she’s “Polka in polka dots”. She loves vintage style and spontaneous travels around Europe. But her greatest love (apart from her husband) is of course music, especially Electro Swing.
On her own Blog www.jawizeruk.pl she writes about various music genres. She is a copywriter, so writing is her strong point. Anna likes singing (not only in the shower!) and cooking (especially Italian and Hungarian cuisine).