Using a pastiche can be overdone and tacky, but not if you subvert expectations. For their sophomore release Starchild & The New Romantic revive…Read More
Ghostly International is a multi-platform cultural curator, a tightly knit aesthetic universe fulfilling the roles of art gallery, design house, clothing designer, technology innovator, music-publishing company—and, yes, record label—in one. In the years since its birth in 1999, Ghostly has grown from a boutique label known for its experimental-pop and -techno acumen to an internationally recognized platform for the work of the world’s best visual artists, designers, technologists, and musicians.
And what does Ghostly sound like? “Genre-less” was a term thrown about a good bit in the early days, and that idea still holds true: Ghostly’s music—all of its artistic output, really—gracefully straddles (or else entirely ignores) stylistic divisions, transcending musty categories like “electronic”, “pop”, “house”, or “techno” and carving out a space in which sounds and ideas can cavort without inhibition. The label itself is twofold: Ghostly International’s output falls under the heading of “avant-pop”—nominally, music of electronic means and pop methodology, but encompassing much more—and sibling label Spectral Sound, Ghostly’s dance-music imprint.Ghostly’s current roster is vast and its alumni are many, but an abridged list of label’s artistry ranges from the darkly playful electronic pop of Matthew Dear (label co-founder and head of Spectral Sound) to the glitchy, tribal shoegaze of Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells, from the reality-bending hip-hop of Dabrye to the sky-high orchestral anthems of Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers to the rainy-day minimalism of The Sight Below. Collaborators have included Adult., Doom, Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Jesu, Lawrence, Legowelt, and countless others. Ghostly’s visual presence is as distinctive as its music, defined primarily by the work of on-staff designers/fine artists Michael Cina and Will Calcutt.
To define Ghostly International would only serve to limit it. Always evolving, always incorporating new sounds and new facets to its cultural identity, Ghostly still maintains its bottom line: to bring great art to people with open eyes and open ears.
Bryndon Cook, releases music as Starchild & The New Romantic. The musician and songwriter has spent much of this time touring and collaborating with…Read More
Seth Hailey has defined and escaped synthwave since he started as Com Truise. Wrapping up his space opera trilogy with this year’s Iteration Hailey…Read More
Kllo, recently released their video for the single “Downfall”. The track is off their debut LP, Backwater, available October 20th via Ghostly International. “This…Read More
Tycho has announced the release of “See” Featuring the vocals of electronic group Beacon. The track began as an instrumental on Tycho’s 2014 album,…Read More
Lord Raja is streaming his forthcoming release Amadeus, ahead of it’s May 19th release via Ghostly. Lord Raja kicks off his summer tour on…Read More
Beacon recently shared their new single “Marion” is the first piece of music this year from Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett, who released…Read More
Tycho has shared a new video for their track “Horizon”. The video, taken from the groups live show, the clip features original animations from…Read More
Co-founder of spatial audio platform Envelop, producer, and electronic musician Christopher Willits is navigating the new universe of three dimensional music composition. The technology…Read More
Tobacco’s newest album Sweatbox Dynasty, released earlier this year on Ghostly International, found the rural recluse resurrecting an old approach to hack a new…Read More
Tycho has shared two new remixes of the first single “Division” off current release Epoch. Kaitlyn Aurealia Smith delivers a melting ambient epic while…Read More
Ghostly International artist Lord RAJA has just shared his new dance track “Fox Den” courtesy of the Adult Swim Singles Program. This nocturnal instrumental,…Read More