Ages by Ghost Wave on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s only natural that bands are influenced by other bands from their region. Formed in 2010 in Auckland, Ghost Wave have elements that may remind listeners of The Verlaines, The Clean, and The Chills: all New Zealand bands that recorded for the same label, Flying Nun Records. The 2013 copyright date here isn’t a renewal date but the real deal, and Ages even comes produced by Thomas Bell, a member of the aforementioned Clean. Yet, of course, Ghost Wave doesn't merely mimic the bands that came before. Once you’ve taken note of the pretty guitar jangles and understated lead vocals, you’ll hear fresh attempts at psychedelic garage rock on “Country Rider” and an almost Fall-like intensity on what appears to be a one-and-a-quarter-chord jam called “Arkestra.” “Horsemouth” dreams of The 13th Floor Elevators. “Here She Comes” loves the cacophony of primitive reverbs and ambitious strumming techniques. Those strums are altered in subtle ways throughout “Ages,” “Bootlegs” (with some fine keyboards wandering through), and “Mountain,” where the band locates a touch of Krautrock to add to its perfect set of influences.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s only natural that bands are influenced by other bands from their region. Formed in 2010 in Auckland, Ghost Wave have elements that may remind listeners of The Verlaines, The Clean, and The Chills: all New Zealand bands that recorded for the same label, Flying Nun Records. The 2013 copyright date here isn’t a renewal date but the real deal, and Ages even comes produced by Thomas Bell, a member of the aforementioned Clean. Yet, of course, Ghost Wave doesn't merely mimic the bands that came before. Once you’ve taken note of the pretty guitar jangles and understated lead vocals, you’ll hear fresh attempts at psychedelic garage rock on “Country Rider” and an almost Fall-like intensity on what appears to be a one-and-a-quarter-chord jam called “Arkestra.” “Horsemouth” dreams of The 13th Floor Elevators. “Here She Comes” loves the cacophony of primitive reverbs and ambitious strumming techniques. Those strums are altered in subtle ways throughout “Ages,” “Bootlegs” (with some fine keyboards wandering through), and “Mountain,” where the band locates a touch of Krautrock to add to its perfect set of influences.

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About Ghost Wave

Inspired by bands in the classic Flying Nun roster like the Clean, the Chills, and the Bats, New Zealand indie pop group Ghost Wave were formed by songwriter Matthew L. Paul in 2010 in his hometown of Auckland. Along with collaborator Eammon Logan, Paul tracked the band's first EP, eventually filling out the live group with the addition of bassist Mike Ellis and, later, Jamie Kennedy and Andy Frost. Their earliest days were spent dealing with gear theft and playing opening sets for groups like Times New Viking and Explosions in the Sky. After a steady schedule of live performances and recording, Ghost Wave's debut album, Ages, saw release in 2013. The album was engineered and mixed by Clean member Thomas Bell and released on Flying Nun, coming full circle with the band's influences. Their follow-up, Radio Norfolk, arrived in the summer of 2016 and expanded on the group's psychedelic pop leanings while adding more electronic influences. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    Auckland, New Zealand
  • FORMED
    2010

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