Today’s New York Times features a long profile on Ghostly and the Ghostly Store, in which Sam Valenti IV discusses with writer Ben Sisario the ethics and ideas that drive Ghostly. “People care about provenance, and they care about ethics,” he says in the piece. “I like the idea of Ghostly as a community of people that has an ethos and an approach, and I think audiences appreciate these whimsical notions that there is an artistic attribute to doing things in this way.”
We are pleased to announce the release of PARA, the second album from Lord RAJA, out digitally on December 22 via Adult Swim / Ghostly International and on vinyl on January 22 via Ghostly.
For PARA, RAJA collected sounds from far and wide—from his visit to the Indian state of Rajasthan to famed Austin synth store Switched On. He combined all of them to create songs that are immediately engaging, big and welcoming while still retaining an experimental spirit. Read more about the process behind the record at FACT, where you can also listen to first single “Shook.”
Talking to Thump about his remix of Heathered Pearls’ “Perfume Catalog,” from Body Complexity, Lord RAJA says, “At first, I did a polished-up techno remix, but then I found it boring, so I abstracted it and slowed it all down, mumbled some stuff into my iPhone mic, and printed it. Voila.” You can hear the results in his woozy, dreamlike remix, full of slow-settling electronics and deep, booming drums—it’s deep, shadowy and beautiful.
In the latest edition of our GhostlyCast series, Lord RAJA weaves together a 40-minute mix that moves from eerie and airy to hard-edged and driving, with plenty of hairpin turns along the way. Fetauring artwork by Brandon Locher and tracks from Joey Anderson, Pearson Sound, Caribou and more, Lord RAJA’s GhostlyCast is a deep, shadowy trip.
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Bryndon Cook, who records as Starchild & The New Romantic, to the Ghostly roster. Starchild is already a seasoned artist and performer—he’s collaborated with Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift and Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, and has toured with Kindness and as a member of Solange Knowles’ band. You can hear all of that in his music. His songs move from laid-back, ‘70s-style funk ballads to woozy R&B to crackling dance music that recalls Ready For the World. The unifying thread in all of them is Starchild’s voice—sweet, emotional, lithe and charismatic.
Describing his songs as “Champion Music for the Heartbroken,” Starchild has adopted the work methods of one of his heroes, Prince, writing and playing every note, and demonstrating a mastery of a host of genres and sounds. He’s absorbed a host of artists—“Everyone from Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye to Mya, Dru Hill and D’Angelo” is how he puts it—but combines them to create something that is uniquely his own. You can hear all of that at work in “All My Lovers,” the first single from the Crucial EP, arriving in early 2016.
On October 16, Heathered Pearls will release Body Complexity, featuring remixes from his recent Body Complex. Today, Clash Music premiered Physical Therapy’s remix of “Interior Architecture Software,” calling it, “A muscular, tech-driven workout, the snapping snares bark amidst flowing synthesised textures and the faintest hints of melody.”
Follow the link below to listen, and read more about Body Complexity here