All of My Ghosts, The Bollands third album, is their most honest, personal and experimental recording to date. Many of the songs chew on Christian Bolland’s tumultuous youth. “I think struggles with growing up, family, facing fears and accepting change are pretty universal themes that many people can relate to, ” says Christian. The duo also wanted to write songs that were honest and unambiguous. “We were trying to write songs that were straight up and tell true stories about our lives,” he adds. A good example of this kind of unambiguity is the closing track on the album, Feilding where Christian sings about belonging to a cult in his late teens.
The Bollands also take a step away from their traditional folk sounds by including vintage synths, drum machines and various new layers. “We recorded the album at Lab Studios (Auckland, New Zealand) with the incredible Oliver Harmer mixing us,” says Joyce Bolland. “The studio had so many great toys for us to play with, so we pretty much played with everything. It really affected the way we put the songs together, I think it adds heaps more space and depth to the record as a whole.” The haunting title track All of My Ghosts, shows the new directions the band has taken in this record. As much as there are electronic additions to the project, it is still an honest folk record at its core with songs of love, pain and change.