NYC duo serving a fresh dose of addictive synth pop on their debut record

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Album Review: Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost! (DFA)

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Album Review: Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost! (DFA)

The debut album by NYC duo [a]Holy Ghost![/a] is probably the closest [b]James Murphy[/b]’s DFA label has come to releasing unfettered pop music. You could see them as performing a kind of surrogate role: [a]LCD Soundsystem[/a] are (were?) a shade too archly detached to seriously explore the [a]Pet Shop Boys[/a] pulse, as Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser do here on songs like [b]‘Jam With Jerry’[/b].

Synth-heavy disco and boogie, sleek Italo and plenty of [a]New Order[/a] course equally through their veins; the duo spin a heavily thumbed vinyl library into something largely fresh, and even coax ’70s smoove-rocker Michael McDonald into guesting at the end.

Noel Gardner

[b]7/10[/b]

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