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Ghostly Swim

Cartoon Network’s genre-defying [Adult Swim] programming rearranges comedy’s basic building blocks into oddities like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!; Ghostly International’s artists scramble the language of dance and pop music into something strange and artful. It was only a matter of time before the two found each other and made adorably freakish babies.

The Ghostly Swim compilation is a collaboration between Ghostly International and [Adult Swim], a 20-track mix (curated by label founder Sam Valenti IV) of tracks from Ghostly’s avant-pop mainstays like Matthew Dear, Michna, and School of Seven Bells, alongside kindred spirits like Milosh, FLYamSAM, and Mux Mool. Ghostly Swim’s best tracks embody the label’s trademark mix of playful darkness and irreverence – Deastro’s lurching robot-rock anthem “Light Powered,” The Chap’s bizarro-world pop hit “Carlos Walter Wendy Stanley,” Michna’s slinky-smooth “Triple Chrome Dipped” – making them an ideal accompaniment to, say, pissing in your pants over Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.

Ghostly Swim was initially released in early 2008 as an exclusive free download on [Adult Swim]’s website. Now, the groundbreaking compilation is available both on iTunes and as a limited-edition CD (available only through the Ghostly Store, free with a purchase of $20 or more), and includes a bonus track: Solvent’s banging cover of Madonna’s “Hung Up.”

Also, check out this cartoon by Michael Segal – designer of Ghostly’s unofficial mascot, BoyCatBird – set to by tracks by Michna and Mux Mool.

  • Ghostly International
  • GI-75
  • formats:
  • Digital
  • release date:
  • January 27, 2009
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Ghostly Swim


1Michna - Triple Chrome Dipped
2Dabrye - Temper
3The Chap - Carlos Walter Wendy Stanley
4Dark Party - Active
5Tycho - Cascade [Live Version]
6JDSY - All Shapes
7Deastro - Light Powered
8Matthew Dear - R+S
9FLYamSAM - The Offbeat
10Cepia - Ithaca
11Aeroc - Idiom
12The Reflecting Skin - Traffickers
13School of Seven Bells - Chain
14Ben Benjamin - Squirmy Sign Language
15Kill Memory Crash - Hit + Run
16Osborne - Wait A Minute
17Milosh - Then It Happened
1810:32 - Blue Little
19Mux Mool - Night Court
20Solvent - Hung Up [Exclusive to the Ghostly Store]
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