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Cate Guirguis is done with all the games on debut single ‘Ghost’

Cate Guirguis is done with all the games on debut single ‘Ghost’

On her beautiful new single ‘ghost’, Sydney’s cate guirguis combines heartfelt storytelling with delicate arrangements, positioning herself as one to watch.

cate guirguis has reflected on emotional paralysis and mixed messages on her sublime new debut single ‘ghost’. Carried by soft acoustic guitars and airy harmonies, the indie pop ballad is arrestingly beautiful in its simplicity.

The sparse instrumentation, aside from twinkling piano keys and melancholic guitars, leaves room for the Sydney musician to showcase her heavenly vocals.

cate guirguis 'spirit'

Angelically delivered, guirguis sings with palpable vulnerability, recalling the vocal intimacy of Olivia Rodriogo or Missy Higgins.

‘ghost’ has the same singer-songwriter quality as those greats, with personal yet recognizable lyrics that seemingly come from Guirguis’ own diary.

She combines it with delicate instrumental arrangements that feel both wistful and nostalgic, and lush layered harmonies that allow ‘spirit’ to ascend to heaven.

cate guirguis 'spirit'

Lyrically, guirguis sings about the continued presence of someone who “haunts my memories.” With reflective lines, the singer-songwriter tells a powerful story about the scars left behind after someone’s departure.

“Your shadow fades freely,” she sings, “But I’m still in prison.” It’s a testament to guirguis’ artistry that these lyrics feel universal, as if she’s inviting us into her personal world to lighten these burdens.

Mastering such candid lyrics on a debut single is an achievement in itself, but ‘ghost’ is especially impressive because it was also produced by guirguis themselves.

Donning more hats, the musician also directed the single’s official music video, which follows her as she meanders along a remote coastline at sunrise.

Capturing glimpses into ocean-sprayed mirrors, the video sees guirguis perform a heartfelt rendition of the song with pensive shots of the headlands and a final frame in which her reflection becomes invisible.

cate guirguis 'spirit'

Combined with the tender soundscape, the video conveys the sad, late-night feel of the song and prepares the audience for the greatness to come with guirguis’ future releases.

Get swept away by Cate Guirguis’ heavenly debut single ‘ghost’ below, and keep an eye out for new music from the Sydney singer-songwriter soon.