Album Review: Former Ghosts – New Love (Upset The Rhythm)

Freddy Rupert's second album as Former Ghosts is blanketed in scratchy noise and fractious beauty

You know you’re bound for ROFL-ville when you read the words “featuring [b]Jamie Stewart[/b] of [b]Xiu Xiu[/b] and [a]Zola Jesus[/a]’ [b]Nika Roza Danilova[/b]”, and sure enough Freddy Ruppert’s second album as [b]Former Ghosts[/b] is as warm, life-affirming and snuggly as a coatless night on the Siberian steppes. Bleak and bereft love songs are blanketed in scratchy noise, resulting in a fractious beauty reminiscent of Warp artists like [b]Bogdan Raczynski[/b], as on ‘[b]Taurean Nature[/b]’, where fizzing sine waves crack with sudden rainstorm violence into a crisp and glassy atmosphere. The aptly titled ‘[b]Chin Up[/b]’ featuring [a]Zola Jesus[/a] offers variety, pulsing with a melodic energy that’s closer to [a]Cold Cave[/a]’s stern pop.

[b]Emily Mackay[/b]

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