After making one of the undisputed albums of 2009, the news that Former Ghosts are to release a new album this year was a pleasant surprise. Upset the Rhythm are increasing their status as one of the most important record lables in the world at the minute by putting out the LP, which will be titled ‘New Love’. There’s little else to go on at the minute, except that it’s been slated for a ‘fall’ release, and a youtube video has been put online as a teaser. Already, it sounds better than pretty much anything else than you’re likely to have come across this year:
As well as being frighteningly powerful live, it looks as though Freddy Ruppert is a man with exquisite taste. As well as having Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Nika Danilova of Zola Jesus working alongside him on many of the tracks, he’s also roped in some more talent. Yasmine Kittles is the latest name added to the list of contributors, with mentions both on the group’s official myspace and their last.fm page. Thus far, the contribution appears to be limited to an appearance on a ‘Winter’s Year’ demo that has been floating around the internet for a while. If that’s anything to go by, then we can only hope that she features some more on the album proper.
Former Ghosts – Winter’s Year (featuring Yasmine Kittles)
Of course, it would be out of keeping with the rest of her collaborators if she wasn’t already a supreme musician in her own right. Anyone who’s heard any of Tearists work will be able to testify that she’s more than that. Working with a man called William, the two make an eerie racket based in Los Angeles. Though they’ve not had anything put out on Disaro, they have been labelled Witch House by many, which speaks more about people’s desperation to create a scene than any reflection of the noise they make. There is a dark, brooding ambience, but it’s backed up with pounding drum beats, whilst Kittles vocals run riot over the top. Rumour has it that she is an aspiring actress, which might explain the passion in her vocals, which borders on the possessed. There are comparisons to be made to Crystal Castles, but the truth is that, as good as their second album was, they didn’t try haven’t made anything this exciting since Alice Practice.
Tearist – Headless