• holy ghost! Hold On (12", £8.25)

    label: Death from Abroad

    HOLY GHOST! CONSISTS OF TWO INDIVIDUALS, NICHOLAS MILLHISER AND ALEXANDER FRANKEL. BOTH GREW UP A FEW BLOCKS FROM EACH OTHER IN NEW YORK CITY AND BEGAN COLLABORATING ON MUSIC AT AN EARLY AGE. THEIR FIRST FORAY INTO THE PUBLIC ARENA CAME IN THE SHAPE OF THEIR FIRST BAND, AUTOMATO, WHILE ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL. SHORTLY AFTER SIGNING TO CAPITOL RECORDS IN 2000, THEY RECRUITED DFA FOUNDERS TIM GOLDSWORTHY AND JAMES MURPHY TO HANDLE PRODUCTION DUTIES ON AUTOMATO'S DEBUT. AFTER THE RECORDING, FRANKEL AND MILLHISER BEGAN LENDING THEIR SKILLS TO VARIOUS DFA PRODUCTIONS, INCLUDING REMIXES AND AS TOURING AND RECORDING MEMBERS OF THE JUAN MACLEAN. ALL THE WHILE, FRANKEL AND MILLHISER BEGAN WORKING TOWARDS THEIR OWN RECORD. HOLY GHOST! IS A PRODUCT OF THEIR OBSESSIONS WITH ANALOGUE SYNTHESISERS, RARE DISCO AND ANCIENT PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES. IT IS A CO-PRODUCTION WITH DFA AND A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR. THEIR FIRST SINGLE IS 'HOLD ON', A THUMPING DISCO TROT THAT RECALLS A SMOOTHER AND MORE MYSTERIOUS TIME. ACCOMPANYING THE TITLE TRACK IS AN INSTRUMENTAL VERSION AND A RHYTHMIC FRENCH DISCO REMIX BY BLACKJOY A.K.A. JEROME CARON.


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