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Fashion Meets Music: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger


Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Under the sweltering desert sun in the Coachella Valley, a model from the suburbs of Atlanta met the son of one of music’s most famous couples and in a moment where fashion literally met music a new musical duo was born.

Truthfully if it wasn’t for Sean Lennon’s pedigree and Charlotte Kemp Muhl having booked campaigns from here to Milan, The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger would be just another struggling indie band posting videos on YouTube in the hopes of being discovered. However despite their quirky backgrounds, the soft, dreamy, folk pop music produced by this duo would be just as good if they were two unknowns of equal talent. If you can get over the obvious comparisons of Lennon and Kemp Muhl to his famous folks, and his ability to sound eerily like his father, you will realize that The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is just another whimsical, quirky, indie band in the same vein as Bat For Lashes, Warpaint, CocoRosie, and The Decemberists.

Voted Cutest/Most Artsy Couple senior year

Like their peers, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s lyrics oscillate between dreams and folklore, accented by quirky instrumentation that adds an element of wandering through the woods at twilight and a penchant for historical dress. Kemp Muhl’s fall ready lyrics pair perfectly with her off duty model/on duty singer/musician get ups that range from early Twentieth Century garb to feather headdresses that were seemingly used for raucous games of cowboys and Indians in her youth. Lennon, who looks more and more like he’s trying to look like his father, dons vintage gear and brings a bit of “we are everyman” swagger to their sound and appearance on stage. As a couple, the two of them would easily have been voted best dressed in high school, had they been able to attend high school together with Lennon being about 12 years other than Kemp Muhl. As a musical act, their evident chemistry and raw psychedelic, 60s French Pop, bohemian sound and aesthetic work so well together its a bit scary.

Would I listen to them if The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger was not composed of a model and the son of a Beatle? Definitely, I happen to love music that provides the perfect soundtrack for falling leaves, shorter days, and magical nights, but that’s just me. Although I have given them a bit of a hard time for their backgrounds and sounding a bit too familiar, if you listen closely you’ll realize that The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes music that is all their own. The question is, would you listen to it if they weren’t who they are?

*Side note: How awesome is their name? It only pales in comparison to the name of their label, the one they started as a home for their band, Chimera music. That’s some seriously mythical -ish …now on to the videos.

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2 Responses to “Fashion Meets Music: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger”

  1. Lee New says:

    Great review. Great band. Love them live. They even gave The Flaming Lips a run for their money on their recent electric tour and I can’t wait to hear the new electric album “Victorian Cyborg” (tentative), although “Acoustic Sessions” really shows their songwriting and vocal harmonies at their finest. Charlotte, the multi-instrumentalist really held her own on bass and her vocals are magical.

  2. Christ Devos says:

    Hi nice to see my photo being used :) the photo of Charlotte in red and Sean was taken in Paris France 3 Oct 2009 !!

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