Various Artists

Idol Tryouts: Ghostly International Vol. 1

Idol Tryouts represents the avant-pop of a new generation of Midwestern producers, straddling the edge of abstract electronics, shimmering indie rock, Detroit techno and cutting-edge hip-hop. It is the point where the avant-garde and the popular meet, tearing away from the hierarchy of genres and the strain of electronic puritanism in order to create new and engaging sounds.

The diverse artists featured on Ghostly International and its sister label, Spectral Sound, showcase a distinct yet intangible musical regionalism. Having been raised on and influenced by Detroit electronic music and its noir-ish themes of future, an indelible mark has been left on the city’s suburbs. The music on this collection showcases a dramatic spirit with an equal focus on both art and dancefloor interests, seeking contemplative and humanistic ideals. These up-and-coming artists are searching for the space between heady academia and willful naivet? in music and are finding results that represent the spirit of the age, rather than its machines. So exists the Ghostly International Company and this assortment of artists whose work exemplifies not only the diversity of their personal interests, but the unifying passion for electronic music, the music of this generation.

  • Ghostly International
  • GI-13
  • formats:
  • CD/2xLP/Digital
  • release date:
  • July 8, 2003
  • artwork by:
  • Mike Segal
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1Dabrye - Making it Pay
2Charles Manier - At the Bottle
3Midwest Product - Laundry [Comp Exclusive]
4Midwest Product - A Genuine Display (Telefon Tel Aviv remix) [Comp Exclusive]
5Kill Memory Crash - Get Out [Comp Exclusive]
6Matthew Dear - Some New Depression [Comp Exclusive]
7KILN - Ero [Comp Exclusive]
8Dykehouse - Map Ref. 41o N 93o [Comp Exclusive]
9Osborne - Daylight [Radio Edit, CD Exclusive]
10JTC - Help Me Think Of One [Comp Exclusive]
11Outputmessage - Bernard's Song [Comp Exclusive]
12Dabrye - Prefuse 73 Megamix [CD Exclusive]
13Various Artists - Inch (Twine Remix) [Vinyl Exclusive]
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