Ghost Town is the first release off of Leena Regan’s Melancholy Mind Project and highlights the loneliness and isolation that follows being ghosted in a friendship.
“When I first moved to LA, new friendships were so exciting because we were all out here chasing a dream. We would buzz about making it big together and how we would never leave each other behind if one of us started gaining success. However, as time went by, a lot of these “friends” ghosted as their success began to roll in, leaving me below to try and navigate the feelings of loneliness, betrayal, and unworthiness alone.”
Leena co-wrote the song with fellow Belmont University alums Katie Mac and Kory Shore, along with her husband and producer Max Hurrell.
“The Ghost Town session was actually the first time I had written with Kory and Max, and was the first time I had ever even met Katie. It’s always so interesting to get a room of new collaborators together, because even if you arrive as total strangers, you always leave comforted in the realization that you’re not alone in your experiences. That energy is what I wanted to bring into and emit with the Melancholy Mind Project, and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to tune into it and capture it with these three magical humans.”
Ghost Town marks a turning point in Leena’s sonic identity, which has been ever-growing since her debut.
The lilting main melody maintains that hypnotic pure pop quality that nestles in your memory, while her signature haunting, complex vocal harmonies appropriately place the soundscape somewhere on the spectrum between consonant and dissonant. The instrumentation is a beautifully blended haze of live and electronic instruments, which are arranged in a spacious and eerie manner while the percussive elements drive the track forward with the momentum of a gust of paranormal wind.