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Loss Molecules

by Magnetic Ghost

MG-002, Released Nov 18 2016

Formats: LP, Digital

1. Vanish / Vanishing

2. Medicine

3. Grand Canyon

4. Sleeping is Believing

5. Landfill

6. Total Eclipse of the Sun

recorded and mixed by Neil Weir at Blue Bell Knoll and by Andrew Larson at Magnetic Mansion

mastered by Cooper Crain 

Press:

Magnetic Ghost’s “Loss Molecules” feels like a transmission from a wholly different time and place. With a rural psychedelic flavor that at times recalls a cleaned-up version of Flying Saucer Attack there is something particularly potent about their delivery. Their eerie guitar tunings and embrace of uncomfortable atmospheres also harkens back to early discordant Sonic Youth albums. Easily the most striking aspect is the stark terms with which Magnetic Ghost delivers their message. An intimacy exists throughout the album and informs all within it. Vocals add to this sense of togetherness merging perfectly with the stately arrangements.

By far the highlight of the album is the gorgeously executed opener “Vanish/Vanishing”. Within this singular piece Magnetic Ghost go from No Wave to Krautrock to psychedelic rock. Everything comes together with the greatest of ease as they sprawl out majestically. The song pierces the heart with such passion. Offering something of a respite from the tension of the opener is the soothing waves of “Medicine”. Continuing down this subdued path is the dream pop of “Grand Canyon”. Delivered with a shoegaze verve is the uneasy spirit of “Sleeping Is Believing”. Over the course of this piece the song comes in and out of focus resulting in a blurred kind of beauty. Another highlight emerges towards the end with the rather satisfying catchy work of “Landfill”. Closing the album off on a surreal note is the romanticism of “Total Eclipse of the Sun”.

Quite lovely Magnetic Ghost’s “Loss Molecules” stuns.

-beachsloth.com

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Wilderness

by Magnetic Ghost

compiled live improvised recordings 

MG-003, Release TBA

format: digital

1. all the birds in the trees fly in reverse / all the animals sing without words

2. memory starts to disintegrate the second after encoding

3. wind map

“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break....I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.” 
― Edward Abbey

 

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Echo Chamber

by Magnetic Ghost

MG-004, May 19th 2017

Formats: Digital, Streaming

Recorded at Magnetic Mansion by Magnetic Ghost

Mixed by Neil Weir and Magnetic Ghost at Blue Bell Knoll

Mastered in Chicago, IL by Cooper Crain

Magnetic Ghost conjures an angelic choir for the surreal shoegaze of “Echo Chamber”. Featuring an almost Zen-like spirit to it, the cyclical approach of the piece further emphasizes the dreamy quality that seems to inform the entire sound. Like a half-forgotten dream the song floats on by exploring texture while incorporating large dollops of melody into the proceedings. Akin to a modern take on Gregorian chant, there is something so stately and elegant about the way that Magnetic Ghost allows the song to unfold.

Things start on a quiet soothing note. From such a hushed origin, the song goes on for a few moments simply letting the song settle into an ambient sweep reminiscent of Stars of the Lid. Quite subtle in scope, by the time the vocals enter mix the cycle has begun. Repetition allows for a rhythm of sorts to emerge. Hypnotic in quality the many textures are layered one on top of the other giving it a luxurious, nearly classically orientated sound. Guitar work further emphasizes this woozy work, as the song begins to swag back and forth with greater tension. By adding this tension into the piece the song seems to weigh the options between connectivity versus the increasing space that divides.

With a timely message, Magnetic Ghost’s “Echo Chamber” conjures up images of a world that feels so isolated while it is more connected than it has ever been. The duality of this message is reflected in the tragic nature that permeates the entirety of the piece.

-beachsloth.com

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Seeding the Clouds

by whitesand/badlands

MG-001, Released July 2010

Formats: 2xLP, Digital

"Seeding the Clouds" was recorded it in Duluth, MN with Eric Swanson in Sacred Heart Recording Studio (a 19th century cathedral converted into a recording studio which is where Low & Retribution Gospel Choir have recorded, among others). Mixed in Chicago by Cooper Crain (CAVE, Bitchin Bajas)  

credits

holly habstritt - fender rhodes, piano, guitars, vocals, trumpet
casey holmgren - bass
ryan parsons - drums, saxophone
andy larson - guitars, vocals, drum, fender rhodes

Press:

"This mysterious and shamanistic Minneapolis collective flew low under the radar and crafted a nearly perfect pop record. Ektachrome-tinted, jangly guitars and dreamy textures punctuates magnificent vocal melodies and a general sense of bombastic urgency. Orchestral without the pretense, gritty without the dissonance, Seeding the Clouds establishes a band that’s about to become a force to reckon with." -thedecibaltolls.com

"Seeding the Clouds.... brilliantly straddles genres or outright draws-and-quarters them as it sees fit, taking an overarching, dense shoegaze aesthetic and drenching it in beautiful natural reverb, ably throwing in vaguely post-rock complexities.......at first, it's a one-dimensional blur of a daydream but one that begins to open up if its given proper attention, when the ghostly male/female vocals begin to coalesce and the riffs really begin to emerge through the vast space of this record and begin to sort of make a bit of sense (but not too much, not enough sense to lose it's spectral appeal)." -youngpilotastray