To commemorate Ghostly International’s hundredth release (GI-100), we wanted to offer something more than music, something bigger, more permanent—a humble monument to our first decade’s work and a gift to our loyal fans. With that in mind, we give you Manzoku: The Ghostly Bento.
Manzoku is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “satisfaction.” Thus, the Bento is an intimate celebration of satisfaction in multiple forms—tactile, visual, aural—packaged in a handcrafted wooden box, stained and etched with a stunning image by LA artist Dosa Kim.
In the months after the early-2009 release of his space-rock opus Moondagger, Deastro ’s Randolph Chabot descended into a writing frenzy, recording new song after new song and releasing the tracks for free on his blog. Even then, his style was beginning to metamorphose—growing layers of murky atmospherics, sprouting fizzy textures and plumes of reverb’d distortion. The Deastro on the new Mind Altar EP shouts up from a deep well of echo, achieving a level of sonic mystery and menace that’s quite new for the mercurial artist.
In Simeon Tennant’s video for Solvent ’s new single “Loss for Words” (from the recent new full-length Subject to Shift), a pair of romantically entwined shapes watch helplessly as their relationship dissolves. Tennant’s lo-fi computer animation fits perfectly with Solvent’s analog-synth pop melancholy, striking a touching balance between technology and emotion.
Solvent is currently on tour:
6.17 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
6.18 Minneapolis, MN @ Karnak Gallery
6.20 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
6.23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Woodshed
6.24 Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
6.25 Seattle, WA @ Electric Tea Garden
6.26 Portland , OR @ Branx
7.09 San Francisco, CA @ Ghostly Live A/V Showcase [Tickets]
Gold Panda ’s debut Ghostly release, the You EP, is the stuff dreams are made of. Walking on the sunny side of the instrumental hip-hop street, the UK producer drapes the title track’s deep, crunching beat in slyly sliced-up vocal samples, a hint of nostalgia, and just a touch of shoegaze ambience. The track’s anthemic chord changes, meanwhile, sound positively world-changing. And if not world-changing, then certainly summer-defining.
Gold Panda is currently on tour. Check out his tour dates now.
We’ve pulled together a dream team of artists and spectacular live visuals for our upcoming showcase in July, which features Mux Mool, Shigeto, The Sight Below, Solvent, and Tycho performing live under one roof. It’s an evening that’s not to be missed, so get your tickets early and prepare to stay late.
Ghostly A/V Showcase
Friday, July 9th, 2010 (10pm)
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA
The Sight Below
A little taste of things to come…
Tycho’s Past Is Prologue has a storied history. The tracks began as Sunrise Projector, Tycho’s 2004 full-length debut on Gammaphone records; the record was then expanded and reissued in 2006 as Past Is Prologue on Merck records; and now, Ghostly International is reissuing Tycho ’s original masterwork, re-introducing graphic designer / producer Scott Hansen’s musical universe: a lush, expansive imaginary landscape of sepia-toned keyboards, warm downtempo beats, and mile after mile of sun-dappled beauty.