Various Artists

Idol Tryouts Two: Ghostly International Vol. 2

In the three years that have passed since the release of Ghostly’s Idol Tryouts compilation, Ghostly and its brother label Spectral Sound have brached out beyond their roots in Ann Arbor under the guidance of Sam Valenti IV, who has built a shamelessly diverse roster of artists from around the globe. Idol Tryouts Two is an expansive document of this maturation, offering a plentitude of exclusive material separated into two discs distinguished as Avant-Pop and SMM.

Avant-Pop denotes a distinct brand of off-center pop treasures – it follows no formula, but you know it when you hear it. On this disc, exclusive tracks from Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys, Mobius Band, and the rest of the Ghostly roster document the crossroads where the avant-garde and the popular converge. Matthew Dear and Dabrye also appear, foreshadowing their respective sophomore LPs and the label’s stylistic movement into the future.

SMM is a mysterious acronym (Sensual Machine Music? Stately Modern Melodies?) that encompasses music of a more enigmatic nature, with an emphasis on textural and melodic nuance. This collection follows in the tradition of Ghostly releases by Twine, Aeroc, Lusine, and Kiln, with friends of the label such as Loscil (Kranky), Richard Devine (Warp) and Terre Thaemlitz (Mille Plateaux) contributing exclusive tracks.

Adorned by the iconic BoyCatBird mascots of rogue Detroit designer Michael Segal, Idol Tryouts Two comes in deluxe digipack/gatefold packaging with label discography, artist photos and bios, and liner notes from Andrew Parks (Devil in the Woods magazine). Each format contains exclusive tracks. This collection is Ghostly’s most fully realized statement yet, a split-brain affair, over two years in the making, that offers a full spectrum of artists who show us the beauty of the machine, inside and out.

  • Ghostly International
  • GI-51
  • formats:
  • CD/3xLP/Digital
  • release date:
  • March 7, 2006
  • artwork by:
  • Mike Segal
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Disc 1

1Solvent - An Introduction to Ghosts [Extended Vinyl/Digital Exclusive]
2Matthew Dear - Send You Back
3Outputmessage - Sommeil
4Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys - Fit Black Man
5Kill Memory Crash - Press + Burn
6Dabrye - Magic Says [CD Exclusive]
7Mobius Band - Electronic Piano
8Daniel Wang - Berlin Sunrise [Original CD Exclusive]
9Charles Manier - Bang Bang Lover [Original]
10Benoit Pioulard - The Depths & The Seashore
11Solvent - Spin Cycle [CD Exclusive]
12Lawrence - Wasting a Fall [Edit CD Exclusive]
13Mobius Band - The Loving Sounds of Static (Junior Boys Remix)
14Manhunter - North Pole [Vinyl Exclusive]
15Dykehouse - I Want To Give To You What I've Got To Put Into Yo [Digital Exclusive]
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Disc 2

1Loscil - Umbra
2Deru - Straight Speak
3Sybarite - Sanctuary
4Cepia - Ramp [CD Exclusive]
5Cepia - Hoarse
6KILN - Isthmus [CD Exclusive]
7Greg Davis - Amaranthine
8Lusine + David Wingo - Locks
9Aeroc - A Little Something
10Christopher Willits - Colors Shifting
11Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion - Love on a Real Train (Risky Business)
12Twine - Gliding In On [Edit CD Exclusive]
13Tim Hecker - Sundown6093 [CD Exclusive]
14Richard Devine - Murman [CD Exclusive]
15Deadbeat - Hope In Numbers (edit) [Digital Exclusive]
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