The video for Michna’s “Triple Chrome Dipped” – the opening track from his excellent debut Magic Monday – is a collaboration between Michna and Philly-based video artist System D-128. Filmed entirely on a Hi8 analog camcorder purchased in 1989, the clip creates on odd but heartfelt contrast between the song’s slick hip-hop strut and its accompanying imagery: nostalgic footage of Adrian Michna’s coming-of-age in New York in the early `90s. Throughout the video, lo-fi computer graphics flit across the screen, giving the sequences a surreal, DayGlo mood to match the music.
Deastro’s Keepers is one of the most bounce-off-the-walls joyful records we’ve ever laid ears on. The brainchild of a young singer/songwriter/producer named Randolph Chabot, Keepers contains the sort of candy-colored pop nuggets that get us all smiley and teary-eyed at the same time. (SPIN likes Keepers’ “bubblegum tunes and swooning vamps,” and eMusic says Chabot “has pop star written all over him.”) Deastro’s Keepers was formerly available only on eMusic, but now, through Ghostly, you can buy it in all your usual MP3-buying places.
We should also mention that “Parallelogram” – the first single from Deastro’s next album Moondagger – is also up for download at The Ghostly Store. “Parallelogram” (and its B-side “Carol Gilligan”) features Chabot fronting a full live band, and places Deastro’s boundless energy in some ecstatically rock-y new territory.
The leaves are changing colors and floating to the ground, the days are getting shorter, the sunlight is paler – fall is here, which means that winter can’t be far behind. Ushering in the season’s chill is The Sight Below’s Glider LP, a full album of the reclusive Seattle-based producer’s exquisite ambient works, released today on Ghostly. On Glider, washes of treated guitar drift through achingly subtle beats, building into the sort of melancholy symphonies that could only originate within a chilly, solitary soul. XLR8R says, “Sunny music this is not, but it’s easy to picture the reclusive, unnamed producer behind the album hard at work in drizzly Seattle,” and the Wired blog says, “These expansive instrumental epics start out icy, but melt easily enough with proper application of the human ear.” We say it’s so gorgeous it hurts.
Matthew Dear’s contribution to Get Physical’s Body Language mix series, whose alumni include M.A.N.D.Y., Jesse Rose, and Junior Boys, is out now, and it’s a beaut. Dear uses Asa Breed’s fusion of house-music production and oddly processed vocals as a springboard, gliding through an hour and a quarter of tight, cavernous 4/4 grooves. XLR8R fell captive to its sorcery, and Phonica Records said “Matthew Dear takes no prisoners. The man who can do no wrong, does no wrong.” We couldn’t agree more.
Kiln and Cepia both contributed exclusive tracks to Asthmatic Kitty’s Habitat compilation. The album, whose tracks all address the concept of “architectural space”, was compiled by label directors Lowell Brams, Michael Kaufman, and Sufjan Stevens, and benefits Habitat for Humanity.
Ghostly’s party-packed October has finally drawn to a close. Our Studio B Halloween party with Throne of Blood was a terrifyingly good time: Daniel Wang ripped it up, Audion debuted some new material, and the costumes were pleasingly out of control. (Hi there, creepily accurate Frida Kahlo.) Our CMJ showcase at (le) poisson rouge featured the heavenly School of Seven Bells, a rather dapper Matthew Dear and his Big Hands, and a killer live set from Michna. Check out a few pictures from Metromix’s Halloween photobooth, and Nicky Digital’s shots of Matthew Dear and Michna’s respective CMJ performances.
More Ghostly events to come – in NYC and beyond!