Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Ghost - Spectral Mechanics [Inner Demons Records - 2020]

After five or so years Spectral Mechanics is the welcome return of Ghost- one of the longest-running, known & revered projects of French Noise artists Julien Skrobek. This new release comes in the form of a 3inch CDR on Florida’s Inner Demons Records- featured is just a single nineteen and a half minute track, that’s best described as walled noise-meets-graceful, yet haunted ambient.

The release appears in a monochrome mini sleeve- this features what looks like a murky picture of possible some strange flower. The release is hand-numbered on the small back slip, and comes with a DL code- it came in an edition of forty-two copies- so all been well you should still be able to get your hands on a copy.

The Ghost project started back in 2011- and will be the project that many wall noise folk became aware of Mr. Skrobek's work, and his then progressive take on the genre. In all Ghost released fifteen or so releases, with the last before this been in 2015 (according to Discogs).

The single track here is self-titled and comes in at the 19.38 mark. As I mentioned in my introduction is an even blend of walled noise with classic ambient, so not ANW- but a crossbreed of the two genres.  The track is built around an undercarriage of slowly ebbing ‘n’ oscillating ambient- which is a blend of mid & high tones. On top of this, we have a blend of gnarled & churning bass chop/ judder, constant grain swirl, and muffled gallop. The ambient elements nicely slip between bright & golden and simmering & hazed- with at times an almost lush-yet- awkward pitch swarm effect occurring. The walled elements are nicely crude & rough- making for a great contrast to the ambient sweep.


If you enjoy where ambient and noise meet this is most certainly a release for you- let us hope Skrobek decides to do more work under the Ghost banner soon, as it would be great to have a full length full of tracks like this!.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Ghost - Spectral Mechanics
After five or so years Spectral Mechanics is the welcome return of Ghost- one of the longest-running, known & revered projects of French Noise artists Ju...
071222   Smut Without Smut Vol. 1: Thi...
051222   Christoph Dahlberg - Blackforms
051222   Richard Pinhas/ Merzbow - Coda
051222   Death Loop Faction - Max Carnage
051222   Opus Magorum - Opus Magorum
041222   RJ Myato - Doubtless Empty
021222   Ingar Zach - Musica Liquida
021222   Mattie Barbier - Threads
021222   Marcia Aitken & June Lodge - ...
021222   Arkheth - Clarity Came With A...
Latest Articles

Dr Tom Whittaker - The notoriou...
Late last year Severin released Eloy de la Iglesia’s Quinqui Collection- a two Blu-ray set bringing together three brutal and provocative Quinqui (deli...
061222   Dr Tom Whittaker - The noto...
231122   Hastings of Malawi - Deliriou...
011122   Raffaele Pezzella - Pursuing ...
111022   Fouke - Bigfoot walled noise
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom