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Black Ghosts - Black Ghosts
|Black Ghosts - Black Ghosts|
July 8, 2008
When any musical style becomes popular, artists previously unheard of come out of the woodwork to cash in on the trend. Yet as hard as these new artists try, a handful of the dedicated elders usually seem to prevail. Though hardly an old name in dance music, the Black Ghosts seem ancient in comparison to the waves of new bedroom producers cranking out remixes with neither rhyme nor reason. And as expected, with their recent inclusion on a major motion picture soundtrack, the Black Ghosts look primed for the spotlight.
“The Repetition Kills You” makes a welcoming first track for listeners new to the Black Ghosts. Simple bass and percussion open the cut and a barrage of awkward croons lead the audience into dueling high- and low-pitched vocals. Though a handful of synth blips and waves layer the track throughout, the basic structure of it remains noticeably consistent. This consistency allows for easy listening and unhindered dancing: a great introduction for potential fans.
More experienced audiences might turn to “Face” for a Black Ghosts fix. Rather than toeing the waters first, an eager beat quickly leads into crashing drums, churning guitars, and anxiously repetitive cries. But for all the intensity of the song, the chorus breaks down in a soothing manner that embraces and protects rather than angers. Though hardly a song for cuddling and relaxation, it proves remarkably welcoming.
Yet “Any Way You Choose to Give It” best defines the Black Ghosts’ debut full-length. The track opens with rolling percussion and a steady beat that both ease the listener into the track. Smooth synths and soothing vocal work build slowly before subtly releasing into one of the year’s most infectious choruses. The Black Ghosts leave the chorus just as nonchalantly as they entered it, thus making “Any Way You Choose to Give It” an outstandingly silky song.
The rest of the album proceeds in much the same manner: the duo makes small ripples that join together to create monstrous waves capable of enormous destruction. No one aspect stands out in their songs, but the most elementary and unnoticeable pieces congeal to reveal an outstanding final product. While 2007 saw Justice lead the dance music charge – with respect to mainstream acceptance – with a few signatures such as heavy distortion and aggressive bass, the Black Ghosts charm listeners with their subtleties.
03:53 PM on 10/24/08
as we melt, let's make no noise.
Greg Dona comes out of his cave and posts a great review. RIYL?
05:04 PM on 10/24/08
Glad to see Greg's reviews again.
07:30 PM on 10/26/08
There will be more. I'm working on two right now. Just been mad busy.
Thanks for the support, though!
10:45 AM on 10/28/08
My Favorite Bands are Dead or Dying
Don't forget the [Recommended if you like: ] Box. I need that. Good review.
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