by Steve Haruch
Fans of smoky murder ballads: Check out "The Ghost Who Walks," a new song by Nashville's own daughter of Oldham, Greater Manchester, Karen Elson. (Y'know, the one who doesn't like when she gets a twang in her sang.) A black-and-white video for an acoustic version of the song was posted to her website today.
Loyal Cream readers will recall that Elson -- who dueted with Cat Power on a redux of "Je t'Aime ... Moi Non Plus" for the Serge Gainsbourg tribute album -- joined She & Him for a rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" at Mercy Lounge back in '08.
One great thing about the video is that the whole band is sitting stock still in the background while she's singing about this woman getting stabbed to death, and so you just wait for that moment when the drums are gonna come in all smack-a-dack-jamma-lamma -- the climax of the story! -- and the tension starts to get to you after a while. According to an emailing, "The Ghost Who Walks" will be the title track of an Elson album recorded at Third Man Studios with husband Jack White in the producer's chair.