• Formats: Cassette Tape, Digital
  • Price: $5.00
  • Artist: Ghoulsby
  • Release Date: 2/13/2014
  • Catalog ID: PAR039

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On a Date with Manuela / Cassette Tape, Digital / PAR039


Patrick Vincent Welsh was determined to make an album when he set out to create On a Date with Manuela. As a writer of short fiction, novels, and scripts, he naturally creates memorable lines, straight and to the point, while maintaining a unique voice and wit. The music is a mix of ‘chamber’ folk achieved with keyboard patches, banjo chord plucks, piano and organ accents, and layered vocals that vary from twisted & almost “off” harmonies, to damn right “boss” anthems. The listener may assume that this was recorded on four-track, but as far as we know, the album was recorded using Garageband, banjo, & the aforementioned 88 keys of flute & accordion ta-boot. Welsh laughingly revealed that he copied and pasted a few vocals lines and detuned them freely using the pitch correction tool in Garageband. The resultant blend is ghostly and fits right in with the haunted, dark western motif. This is definitely one of those albums to listen to a few times, and once you do, the songs will come back to you when you least expect them, running around in your head.

“On a Date With Manuela is the story of a man from a Mexican farming community. He is born with a conjoined twin who is immediately cut off and thrown out into the farmland. The man moves to the city in an attempt to escape and forget his upbringing.

The removed twin, hideously deformed, grows up in the family barn, living off of hay and horseshit, longing for a normal life. He is tragically alone until he meets Manuela, the ghost of a thirteen-year-old girl who had been killed by a jealous plowhand.

The brother who moved to the city meets several ghoulish characters, becomes a drunk, and then disillusioned and paranoid of rampant crime and of technology, returns to the farm.

The first night he returns he finds Manuela in the barn and kills her for good, destroying his brother’s only chance of love.”