Walk the Brooklyn nightlife and you’d think the days of grandiose bands boasting lush arrangements were over. The tiring effect of electronic acts blasting technology based beats secures the scene’s repetition and future death. But, manage to stumble upon the right venue, on the right night, and you might just hear a slice of the potential revival.
Oliver Ignatius, frontman of Brooklyn based Ghost Pal (ghostpal.bandcamp.com), knows he’s up against the wall. Ignatius has been fueling the aesthetic for years, first fronting the Hysterics, then founding Ghost Pal and now opening Mama Coco’s Funk Kitchen, the diy home studio responsible for releases from Anna Bradley, Oh! My Blackbird, Sons of an Illustrious Father, among others. Now, to some, diy means taking their parents credit card to Guitar Center and turning their basement into a professional studio, but Ignatius knows the nature better, he knows his sound better. A sound conceived early in his career and perfected with Ghost Pal, the Mama Coco’s audio aesthetic is warm to the point of entrapment; caring in every endeavor they take on.
Until now, Ghost Pal has produced a long line of steady single releases that show an intense genre sway while holding true to an artistic form. As they prepare to release their first official EP, we present to you a few of our favorite songs. Singles defining a musical movement, without even knowing so.