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 Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and [a]Zola Jesus[/a]’ Nika Roza Danilova”, and sure enough Freddy Ruppert’s second album as Former Ghosts 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 Bogdan Raczynski, as on ‘Taurean Nature’, where fizzing sine waves crack with sudden rainstorm violence into a crisp and glassy atmosphere. The aptly titled ‘Chin Up’ featuring [a]Zola Jesus[/a] offers variety, pulsing with a melodic energy that’s closer to [a]Cold Cave[/a]’s stern pop.

Emily Mackay

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