Montreal’s MUTEK festival is this weekend, and Ghostly’s sending a pair of our favorite Seattlites: Lusine, whose gorgeous new ‘Two Dots’ single is currently in heavy rotation, and The Sight Below, whose beats-and-guitars ambient set has been setting our hearts aflutter for a while now. Both artists are playing the Resident Advisor night on Saturday, May 30th.
Seth Troxler, Spectral’s resident mysticism-spewing mad scientist, pretty much wowed’em at the Movement festival this weekend. (Check out an interview with the mercurial Troxler at The Detroit Free Press.) Troxler also mixed the new Resident Advisor podcast (it’s their 150th, in fact). We asked Seth his thoughts on Michigan, and the Detroit scene in general, and he was pleasingly lucid and insightful:
“Michigan is the raddest place to grow up. Michigan’s number-one export is intelligent youth and cool people all over the world, but no one stays there. It’s sad but it’s impossible because there are no jobs. I think there’s something about being a peninsula. We’re isolated and have our own cultural references. It’s the perfect incubator for radness—intellectual people who are really down-to-earth.”
We couldn’t agree more, dude.
The most striking thing about “Action/Reaction,” the anthemic debut single from Choir of Young Believers’ upcoming full-length This Is for the Whites in Your Eyes, is, appropriately enough, the use of voices. Choir leader Jannis Makrigiannis is blessed with a one-of-a-kind instrument—an elastic, versatile keen that he sprinkles liberally throughout the song. “Action/Reaction”’s loping beat and air of symphonic grandeur may be the first things you notice, but it’s Choir of Young Believers’ namesake vocal polyphony that keeps the goosebumps a-coming.
It’s that time again. Detroit, the city closest to our heart (metaphorical and literal), welcomes its yearly mob of music lovers and makers to the joyful jumble that is the Movement festival, aka DEMF. In addition to sending a few of our own artists to play the festival (including Audion, Lusine, Kate Simko, Seth Troxler, The Sight Below, and Ryan Elliott), we’re also throwing the third installment of our ongoing worldwide 10-year anniversary party on Saturday, May 23rd. Buy advance tickets here, and check out the details below.
GHOSTLY 10: DETROIT
Saturday, May 23rd
Doors at 9pm
Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
Featuring live performances by:
Michna with Raw Paw
Telefon Tel Aviv
+DJ sets by Mike Servito and Tour Detroit
“My Cabal,” the third single from School of Seven Bells’ Alpinisms, has at its core a rather telling bit of wordplay. The word “cabal”—usually pronounced “kuh-BALL,” meaning a secret, conspiratorial clique not unlike School of Seven Bells themselves—is here pronounced “cable,” like the electronic connector. Appropriately, the song “My Cabal” (download it at The Ghostly Store) reflects that strange conflation of technology and the supernatural, spinning a drum-machine throb, a few chiming guitars, and a My Bloody Valentine-style atmospheric “whoosh” into a sophisticated dream-pop anthem. (Ed: Stay tuned for a “My Cabal” video.)
School of Seven Bells are currently travelling ‘cross the country with Black Moth Super Rainbow. Peep the dates here.
Two new Audion tracks have now materialized, and more is soon to come. Audion will be taking his new material on the road this summer with audio/visual accompaniment from Eno Henze, Andreas Fischer, and Audion art director Will Calcutt.
“I Am the Car”: Ten minutes of reverb-submerged bass, microscopic electronic rhumba, and tendrils of dubby, spider-fingered melody. A pitch-black production that grows more sinister and sexy with each passing minute. (You have the free download, but for the DJs, WAVs are now available at Beatport.)
“Look at the Moon”: A kicks-and-claps epic that gathers shards of syncopation like dirt and rocks on a rolling snowball. A stair-stepping synth that slices through the mix like a chunky laser. The kid gloves are off. (Download it at Beatport.)
Ghostly main man Sam Valenti IV has had a busy year. In addition to playing guy-behind-the-curtain for all of his label’s multifarious hijinx and writing for Tycho ’s blog, ISO50, SV4 threw together a particularly sick mix for Self-Titled magazine with Michna called Seeing Colors, in which the two DJs illuminate Ghostly’s musical influences. Valenti will also be DJing with Michna at our Sonar showcase and at a few of our other upcoming 10-year anniversary parties. Get your tickets here, and experience the magic and the wonder that is SV4.
Deastro’s Moondagger won’t be out until June 23rd—in the meantime, though, we get another inspirational, space-rocking single from the Detroit boy wonder. “Vermillion Plaza” miniaturizes Moondagger’s best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody lines—it’s all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. And when Deastro’s Randolph Chabot pleads for contact, singing, “Would you be my son / ‘cause all of mine have died?,” it’s less a cry of self-pity than a salute to the power of human connection.
Watch our profile video of the exuberant Mr. Chabot, follow our boy on Twitter, and download ‘Vermillion Plaza’ from The Ghostly Store. Happy Tuesday.
Do you use Twitter? (We’re still not 100% comfortable asking people if they “Twitter,” but it’s just a matter of time, really.) Anyway, we’re all over that ish. Here are a mess of Ghostly artists – and Ghostly buddies – whose Twitters you might enjoy following:
Los Angelenos: Join us this Saturday at the eminently swanky Standard Hotel, where a few Ghostly DJs will be doing the whole “spinning tunes in the sun next to a gorgeous pool” thing, which, as you know, is always fun. The party’s free with RSVP, and the DJs include Michna, Ghostly main man SV4, and Travis “TK” Disko, whose “Dollar Days” podcast is this month’s featured GhostlyCast. (Here’s a direct link to download Travis’ podcast.)
We’ll be there from 3pm-9pm. If you’re coming, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morse, a longtime friend and collaborator of ours, followed Randolph Chabot (aka Deastro) around Detroit for a day and edited the footage into a video profile whose warm, colorful aesthetic matches Chabot’s energy and positivity to a T. Chabot putters around his Detroit home, visits his favorite bookstore, gushes about Isaac Asimov and Simone de Beauvoir, and plays a sweaty, packed show with his band. It’s a loving portrait of an artist who stays true to his beliefs, staying passionate, engaged, and creative in all of his endeavors. Deastro’s new single, “Vermillion Plaza” drops next week.
This month’s GhostlyCast podcast is a slick hodgepodge of ‘80s rarities by SF/LA DJ Travis “TK” Disko called “Dollar Dance.” Here are TK’s words on the mix:
“My goal with this mix was to put together all the bargain bits my broke ass has been picking up over the last couple of months at various shops around LA. It’s not necessarily stuff I would play out, but it was fun putting it together. All the tracks are from about ‘83 to ‘87, with maybe one record from 1990 thrown in there… can you spot it?”