On Tiger Flower Circle Sun, Christopher Willits ’ second full-length for Ghostly, the Bay Area producer takes his attention to craft further than ever before, using the language of ambient, dream-pop, experimental electronic, and afro-latin music to explore themes of love, connectivity, and universal vibrations. With Tiger Flower Circle Sun, Willits has created a diverse, effortlessly complex album of sublime beauty.
Zach Saginaw’s releases as Shigeto are more than just pieces of music—they’re chapters, carefully laid building blocks of a narrative that spans the artist’s increasingly impressive body of work. Building a sonic bridge between the Semi-Circle EP and the upcoming Full Circle full-length, Shigeto’s new What We Held On To EP is the next installment in the artist’s ongoing treatise on his family’s troubled history, as well as a free taste of what’s to come from the prolific Brooklyn producer.
Matthew Dear’s Black City officially arrives on August 17th, 2010. However, pre-ordering Black City now at iTunes or The Ghostly Store (at a limited-time sale price) gets you the manic disco odyssey “Little People (Black City)” at purchase, as well as exclusive non-album track “Innh Dahh” upon the record’s official release date. Sweet deal. [ Pre-order on iTunes. ][ Pre-order at The Ghostly Store. ]
In addition to these traditional formats, Black City will be released in a limited-edition design package built by award-winning design firm Boym, winner of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s National Design Award in 2009. More details are on the way.
For a taste of things to come, watch Matthew Dear’s Black City video trailer—a striking, Metropolis-influenced montage of images and Dear’s new music—above, and at his official website.
School of Seven Bells ’ sophomore album Disconnect from Desire—the follow-up to the Brooklyn trio’s breakthrough Ghostly debut Alpinisms—takes its title from one of Brian Eno’s oblique stratagems; its’ cryptic album image is a “sigil,” a mystical figure containing the energy and intent of the album entire. The real magic of Disconnect from Desire, though, lives in its music: ten tracks of soaring, visionary dream-pop from a band working at the height of its powers.
We’ve pulled together a dream team of artists and spectacular live visuals for tomorrow’s Live A/V showcase, which features Mux Mool, Shigeto, The Sight Below, Solvent, and Tycho performing under one roof with live visuals for each artist. It’s an evening that’s not to be missed.
Ghostly Live A/V Showcase
Friday, July 9th, 2010 (10pm)
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA
The Sight Below
The Freeze Frame EP is the second release from the anonymous producer known only as Childproof Man. An exercise in organic tension and release, A-side “Bloom” makes good on its name by building to a series of increasingly ecstatic climaxes. B-side “Fat Head” is a different story altogether: a creaking, squawking beast of a track, “Fat Head” exudes sweat and digital soul. Wait for the out-of-tune saxophones wailing at the end—they’re well worth it.
This month’s GhostlyCast comes courtesy of Rephlex legend Bogdan Raczynski, whose mix veers from Chicago house to contemporary dubstep to Thom Yorke in 43 easy steps.
Also, if you’re wondering what we’ve been listening recently, here’s our monthly Jukebox, hand-picked by the Ghostly staff:
Asura / Anenon – Silver Trees / Damiel Split 12-inch (Non Projects)
Gold Panda – Unreleased Medical Journal (Tour-Only CD-R)
The Jesus Lizard – Goat (Touch + Go)
Pocahaunted + Robedoor – Haunted Gathering (Digitalis)
The Drums – The Drums (Island)
Portal – Swarth (Profound Lore)
Suffocation – Human Waste (Reissue) (Relapse)
Pallers – ‘The Kiss’ Single (Labrador)
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here? (Editions Mego)