The GOASTT: “Xanadu”

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing this weekend at Levitation.

Given the band’s playful music, it’s fitting the name the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger comes from a playful place. Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl first started writing together in 2008, but they reached back further for a moniker. At age seven, Kemp Muhl collected her childhood writings in a hand-decorated book dubbed “the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger,” and Lennon loved the name immediately. Their music soon took on that sense of wonderment, with songs reflecting the more imaginative side of psychedelia. Despite forming a band to bring the songs to life, friends and family convinced the pair to release them in their original form, resulting in the bare-bones Acoustic Sessions, their 2010 debut.

The GOASTT (as their fans call them) returned last year with Midnight Sun. The record sounds like something closer to the band’s original vision, mixing complex songwriting with raw rock-and-roll power. The GOASTT ripped through a version of “Xanadu” live in our Studio 1A last year. Take a listen and download below.

The GOASTT plays Sunday, May 10 at 5:45 p.m. on the Reverberation Stage.

–Art Levy

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