Saratoga, New York duo Phantogram have a big year ahead of them. Their debut, Eyelid Movies, comes out on Barsuk (and on Ghostly, exclusively on vinyl + download) on February 23rd, and it’s a winner—a nightmarish, beats-and-samples take on dream pop that draws from Blonde Redhead and the Wu-Tang Clan in equal measure.
For now, the pair is going on tour, logging dates on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in Canada in support of the aforementioned record. Check out the dates here, and watch a live performance of their song “Mouth Full of Diamonds” from their recent KEXP session above.
At first blush, Mux Mool ’s “Lady Linda” seems an unconventionally low-key choice for the first single from the hyperactive producer. ‘Lady Linda’ (from Mux Mool’s upcoming debut full-length Skulltaste) doesn’t come roaring out of the gates—rather, it takes its time, shifting from foot to foot like a trench-coated figure in an alley, clutching a bone-dry breakbeat and a pocket full of vintage keyboard tones. But as the track progresses, the underlying sophistication of Mux Mool’s homespun hip-hop begins to take hold and “Lady Linda” reveals herself, blossoming with lush Detroit strings and a melancholy melody.
A big “thank you” is in order. Last December, The Ghostly Store donated a portion of our sales to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE.org)—a nonprofit that works by helping others identify and treat symptoms of depression, reduce related social stigmas, and offer resources for those touched by suicide—on behalf of our costumers. With your help, we raised $1000 in donations to SAVE.org. So, thank you.
[Ghostly’s donation to was made in honor of our dearly missed friend David “Disco D” Shayman.]
The upcoming Document compilation is a state-of-the-label address from Spectral Sound, a manifesto, a calling card, an aesthetic battle flag carried into the new decade. Today marks the release of Document Pt. 1, the first 12” installment in advance of the full-size Document’s grand entrance. On it, you’ll find three tracks of blistering tech-house from label mainstays Seth Troxler & Matthew Dear, Ryan Crosson, and Lee Curtiss.
On Friday, January 14th, in Gent, Belgium, our favorite group of sky-scraping orchestral-pop Danes (that is, Choir of Young Believers) begins a tour that runs through the end of the month, and spans much of Western Europe and the UK. The Choir will swing through the US as well for SXSW in March. Check the dates here.
Jannis Noya Makrigiannis has assembled a stunning seven-piece band for the tour—considerably larger than the duo and quartet formats he’s used recently—which should give his compositions the multi-instrumental majesty of his band’s 2009 debut, This Is for the White in Your Eyes. Above, you’ll find a stripped-down performance of “Why Must It Always Be This Way?”, recorded by KEXP at this year’s CMJ festival.
The new year brings with it three new artists to the Ghostly / Spectral family. Roll call:
***Mux Mool, an electro hip-hop mastermind whose debut single “Lady Linda” drops this month.
***Phantogram, a dream-pop duo whose LP Eyelid Movies we’ll be releasing this February on vinyl only.
***Gadi Mizrahi, a Brooklyn techno veteran whose tracks have been blowing up Spectral Sound this winter.
Make them feel welcome.
This month’s podcast comes courtesy of Brooklyn’s premiere multi-instrumentalist / skater, Mr. Adrian Michna. Michna’s calling it “Hybrid Floors”: it’s an ecstatic mix of the producer’s favorite tracks of the ‘00s, and it packs a low-end wallop as only our baby-faced friend can.