It’s not often that you get bands releasing a side project that’s every bit as good as their initial output, so I was slightly sceptical when Manchester minimal/techno duo worriedaboutsatan announced they were going to be doing something slightly different. Fortunately, it’s every bit as good as the band they made their name with. This is perhaps unsurprising as it’s the same two guys working together, only pursuing a slightly different direction. So it’s with great pleasure that I can introduce you to Ghosting Season.
Far End of the Graveyard (Edit) by Ghosting Season
It’s easy to see why they opted for a name change – gone are the long, drawn out build-ups and the urban soundscapes – in its place is a much more concise sound. It’s easy to get drawn into the track immediately as it starts with Moderat-esque beats, but they’ve managed to retain the sense of atmosphere they had with worriedaboutsatan with heavily reverbed percussion and those long, fuzzy high pitched noises that I’m not really sure how they make. It’s less post-rock, more glitchy electronica, and it suits them rather well.
The track doesn’t really reach the epic heights of some of the previous worriedaboutsatan offerings, but there is enough here to hint at exciting things to come from these two.
And so continuing the sideprojecteverybitasgoodasthemainthing theme, here is a preview of the new album from Oxford’s Chad Valley – slightly better known as Hugo Manuel from Jonquil. The record hits the stores on June 20th, released on Cascine. For me this is the perfect soundtrack to a hazy summers afternoon. It would have been too much to expect the sublime weather we’ve had of late to coincide with the royal wedding day, but for sure when the sun comes back out, I’m going to be listening to Equatorial Ultravox.
Chad Valley - Equatorial Ultravox - 05 Fast Challenges by CASCINE
It starts of in a similar vein to his previous offerings, but when the minimal kick drum hits around 1:15 it takes him into new territory. Then those classic 80s sounding synths come crashing back in, coupled with Hugo’s soaring vocals, and everything seems right with the world. Whilst I hate the term of chillwave and most of the music that comes with it, it’s hard to avoid it with Chad Valley. It is chilled, and wavey, and it’s very very good. So there.
Head to http://chadvalley.tumblr.com/ to check out the live dates – he’s not to be missed over the summer.