Black Sands

FRESH: ‘Old Ghosts’ – Black Sands

Black Sands has “Old Ghosts”

It’s been quite a year for Andrew Balfour, the Dutch composer who goes by the name of Black Sands. he made his debut with “The Hardest Pill To Swallow” at the enginning of the year and has just released his sixth, “Old Ghosts”, a fast moving synth-driven, electro pop track that does not hang around long enough to outstay its welcome! The song features vocals of Nashville based singer Trenton, another Stateside born artist like Andrew himself.

Named after the natural phenomenon where lava meets water and shatters into sand, Black Sands invites contrasting perspectives to collide, creating a new sound that’s fresh yet familiar. A former touring artist in alternative rock bands, Andrew blends his dark rock beats with modern pop and rock instrumentation alongside R&B vocals inspired by The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, and Post Malone.

“Old Ghosts” is a darker tune to his previous releases and focuses on the struggle to cope with the recent death of his sister, Andrew wrote “Old Ghosts”, paying respect to his sister and her struggles with drug addiction as a way to try and navigate through the complex emotions that inevitably come with losing someone so close to you.

As Andrew himself says: “How can you move on and celebrate someone’s life if you can’t find the courage and confidence to move on? Using your past as a building block to face your fears or pain you’ve faced can be powerful and courageous, but before you can do that you need to face the ghosts of your past and acknowledge they’re always a part of who you are”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!