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
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.
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
Black Marble –aka Chris Stewart has shared the new video for the lead single from his recently released album It’s Immaterial (Ghostly), “Woods,” a…Read More
TOBACCO’s newest album Sweatbox Dynasty, out now on Ghostly International, finds the rural recluse resurrecting an old approach to hack a new path through…Read More
Over the last few years Recondite has been making records for Innervisions, Hotflush, and Acid Test. Recently, has rejoined the Ghostly International fold with…Read More
House of Creatives Music Festival has announced it’s inaugural lineup. Taking place November 18-19 at Bandshell Park in Miami Beach, HOC Fest is a…Read More
Today, Tycho has released a new album entitled Epoch. This is the final release in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake…Read More
Kllo are sharing the official video for their new single, “Sense,” from their sophomore EP, Well Worn. Filming the video on Super 8, “Sense”…Read More
In Belleville Renderings Part I, Heathered Pearls pays homage to one of his childhood homes in Michigan as well as Detroit techno icons The…Read More
Black Marble is Chris Stewart and four years on from the release of his debut album (A Different Arrangement, Hardly Art) his album It’s…Read More
The fourth solo outing by electronic producer, Tobacco, finds the Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman glide into an unpredictable frontier where shit sounds like…Read More