today we stand with bandcamp in support of trans rights

August 4, 2017

today we stand with bandcamp in support of trans rights

Bandcamp recently announced that they’ll be donating 100% of their share of every sale on Friday, August 4th to the Transgender Law Center, “a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable.”

The cause resonates across our community, and Ghostly International will do its part to support it. Our share of revenue for the day is being donated as well.

“Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.”

Read the full statement, which goes on to highlight some of the music made by trans and gender non-conforming artists on Bandcamp, here.

[Explore the Ghostly and Spectral Sound catalog at Bandcamp]


July 19, 2017


On Saturday August 5th, before Ghostly’s third installment of Spiritual America, the label will be hosting a small independent label market on El Club’s patio. The Friends Of The Ghost Market is a way to bring together a cross-section of emerging electronic labels and artists who are making an impact locally and abroad.

In addition to the 14 labels selling records / merch items, there will be live dj sets + special appearances by Jacques Greene and Geotic selling and signing LPs before their Spiritual America sets. Ghostly is also bringing selections from the catalog (including rare early Spectral releases).

[More info here]
[Facebook event here]


July 12, 2017


The full-length debut from Melbourne cousins Kllo arrives October 20th.

Backwater finds Kllo with more room to breathe and sync their rhythms with emotions. Songs were written partially on the road and developed back at Lams bungalow, a haven that harbors creative spontaneity and catharsis. The refined, coming-of-age collection depicts inner adjustment to outer change: being far from home, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar.

[Pre-order Backwater]
[Hear single Virtue]


June 16, 2017


The third iteration of our Spiritual America event series takes place August 5th, once again at Detroit’s El Club. The evening is set to feature performances by Jacques Greene, Geotic, Scott Zacharias, along with resident DJ Shigeto. See you there.

[Purchase tickets here]

Ghostly Playlists

June 5, 2017

Ghostly Playlists

We’ve been maintaining a few regular playlists: go-to moods and destinations for quick navigation (in the vastness of streaming). Find them at Spotify or Apple Music.

At Rest: staff selects from the SMM catalog and other artists inspiring us to listen deeper.

Latest Releases: an ongoing assortment of the latest from Ghostly International and Spectral Sound.

At Work: what the team is listening to in the office, updated every two weeks.

For Seasons: A playlist that changes with the seasons. Currently: Spring.

[Podcast] GhostlyCast #70: Olin - Do It Live

May 2, 2017

[Podcast] GhostlyCast #70: Olin - Do It Live

Our latest GhostlyCast welcomes the considered ear of Chicago producer Jason Garden. A triple threat, Garden records under the name Olin (working with labels such as Argot, Detour, and Giegling’s g~~g~~~g), runs his own imprint (Boundary Monument), and serves as resident DJ and talent buyer for the acclaimed Smart Bar venue. The expansive, freeform mix (with art by Andy Gilmore) reflects his approach live—as he explains:

“Over the years I have always grappled with the idea of what a mix should be. While I do enjoy the idea of carefully stitching together something thematic that I might not be able to do live, I’ve always also been a bit turned off by the idea because it feels somehow disingenuous. I get the sense that I’m telling a white lie about what it’s like to see me DJ. Conversely, my favorite part of DJing a party is the spontaneity and joy that can come from the feedback loop I share with the crowd. It’s never perfect, but it’s human and very genuine, which I love. So, while there is no dancefloor to speak of, this mix feels as true-to-life as such a thing can be: recorded without a plan, straight through, at home on a Sunday evening.”

[Stream and download GhostlyCast #70]

Beacon's "Marion" Single

April 29, 2017


In the spirit of springtime and in the afterglow of an appearance with Tycho at Coachella, Beacon have shared a new single. It’s the first glimpse of what’s been happening in the New York duo’s studio since 2016 LP, Escapements.

At the heart of “Marion” is a hammered dulcimer. The percussive, stringed instrument—an ancient ancestor of the piano—acts as the composition’s harmonic and dynamic guide. Samples ebb and flow, projecting into the mix at moments of brightness and clarity. Other times they recede beneath Mullarney’s crystalline voice and a bed of feathery, pneumatic production. This is the mode in which Beacon have always thrived: wistful amidst pulsing electronics and soft-washed hues.

[Find the single through a service of your choice]

[News] Tycho North American tour + Coachella, Primavera Sound

April 10, 2017

[News] Tycho North American tour + Coachella, Primavera Sound

Since January, Tycho have been on an expansive world tour, traveling throughout Australia, Singapore, and Europe. The band returns stateside in April, appearing at both weekends of Coachella. Then they’ll cover much of the midwest, east coast (including new Brooklyn venue, Brooklyn Steel), and Canada. Come June, they play Primavera Sound festivals (Barcelona, Spain & Porto, Portugal), Sweden’s Way Out West festival, and more.

[Find all tour dates & tickets]

[News] Com Truise Announces Iteration LP

April 5, 2017

[News] Com Truise Announces Iteration LP

Com Truise returns June 16th.

How much emotion can one man convey through his machines? Iteration, the forthcoming full-length of technicolour synth-wave from producer Seth Haley aka Com Truise, challenges that notion and concludes a sprawling saga which began six years ago on his debut, Galactic Melt. True to its name, the album is built on Com Truise hallmarks: neon-streaked melodies, big drums, robotic grooves, bleary nostalgia. It’s also the most elegant and streamlined that Haley’s music has ever sounded.

[Pre-order limited vinyl, tapes & tees]
[Retailer of your choice]
[Hear single Memory]

[Video] Lusine shares "Just A Cloud" with Creators Project

March 30, 2017

Vice’s Creators Project spoke with director Michael Reisinger the hypnotic new visual treatment for Lusine’s “Just A Cloud,” built with 2,300 LED lights.

“In a lot of fictional examples, a character awakens from a simulated world and into the real world, where everything is the same. Color, light, matter—all behave the same as in the simulation. I wanted to put our character through a similar awakening, but into a reality that’s overwhelming and incomprehensible.”

[Read the feature at Creators Project]
[Order Sensorimotor at The Ghostly Store]