Our “avant-pop” category may not follow a strict formula, but, much like the Supreme Court’s definition of pornography, you know it when you hear it. In short, avant-pop fuses an electronic methodology and a pop sensibility, encompassing the avant-garde and the catchy, the alien and the familiar. Ghostly Essentials: Avant-Pop One is a rundown of some of Ghostly’s favorite avant-pop tracks from the last few years. The comp includes Choir of Young Believers’ sky-scraping anthem “Action/Reaction”, Matthew Dear’s techno/pop banger “Don and Sherri”, the gleaming electro hip-hop of Michna’s “Triple Chrome Dipped”, the rhythm-heavy post-rock of Midwest Product’s “Swamp”, and many, many more. With 10 years of avant-pop goodness studding Ghostly’s catalogue, there’s a lot to take in; the Essentials compilation is an ideal entry point, and a most rewarding listening experience.