Delving into ‘I’m going out and I may be some time’ is a rather magical experience. The record is the definition of soothing and magical, delivering a listening experience that feels fragile, intimate and very very meaningful. Penned by Kay Rowan, trans folk singer-songwriter going by the moniker of ghostgirl, the EP is a musical gift, providing an ethereal and enlightened sonic journey to whoever feels ready to approach it.
We actually felt more than ready: from its first notes, ‘I’m going out and I may be some time’ manifests some basic rules: acoustic guitars and a tapestry of textures, working together to create an evocative background where Rowan’s enthralling and honest vocals can thrive in. There’s some Bon Iver in it, some Sufjan Stevens too; on a general level, the record is quite original and peculiar.
The title is a reference to the reported last words of Antarctic explorer Captain Lawrence Edward Grace “Titus” Oates (1880–1912). Delving into the EP’s lyricism, ghostgirl explains: “a ‘wish you were here!’ to my past self, who had to walk out into the snow in the hope of fighting for my continued existence, so they could see what they still had to look forward to. The music is messy because the life I was recording in at the time was messy, but the music has hope, because I wanted to celebrate that I finally found it. If you’re singing a sad song, it’s happy because you lived long enough to sing it.”
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