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Quick Hit: Ghost Liotta

October 18, 2020

Ghost Liotta‘s self-titled record exists in the spaces between genres. It’s a post-rock album with dance beats. It’s a mid-era Radiohead album with no vocals. It’s a electronic record with no big major key rager moments. (There’s the clinky, plinky “Boson,” but if this is your idea of a club rager, even an IDM club rager, you have been going to some interesting clubs.) It’s a lot of different things, and none of those things. It stands alone.

The outfit creates gloomy, spartan post-rock moods and underpins them with rattling kit drumming, pushing the tempo along (“Life Cycle”). They also can do electronic, glitchy ominousness (“Obe,” the chunky electronic percussion of “When We Sleep”) and downtempo jazzy work (the piano-led “I Am Thoughts”). The deep groove of “Voices” almost crosses over into industrial territory; I could actually see this one ending up in a club somewhere during a chillout moment. The whole album is best heard as a whole: the vibe ebbs and flows while the sounds come in and out of various songs, and thus there’s variation but still a solid connection between pieces. I can groove to these very weird grooves. There’s a consistent attitude and approach here that makes this an excellent piece of pretty much unclassifiable work. Highly recommended.

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Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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