13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Nicolas Fromageau left M83 back in 2004, that band went on to fairly well-traveled pop territory while Fromageau took some time crafting his new musical persona. Perhaps partly in answer to M83's frothiness, Team Ghost took on a darker, more opaque mystique. Its music seemed born of an inter-genre marriage: a whiff of electro-pop here, a wash of shoegaze there, with gauzy wrappings and experimental ribbons of texture tying things up rather neatly. TG's full-length debut, Rituals, shakes things up, opening with the surprisingly guitar-heavy "Away"—a number that unfurls and billows with an Explosions in the Sky style of drama. That surprise continues with "Curtains," an energetic tune hammering out brittle synth lines and Sonic Youth–inspired guitar noise. That raucous side of TG continues on infectious tracks like "Dead Film Star" and "Fireworks," but elsewhere—as on "Broken Dreams" and "Things Are Sometimes Tragic"—ambient electronics prevail. Fromageau's balancing act is well done. Sparkling pop gems like "Montreuil" are buried treasure, the offspring of Team Ghost's genre-mating tricks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Nicolas Fromageau left M83 back in 2004, that band went on to fairly well-traveled pop territory while Fromageau took some time crafting his new musical persona. Perhaps partly in answer to M83's frothiness, Team Ghost took on a darker, more opaque mystique. Its music seemed born of an inter-genre marriage: a whiff of electro-pop here, a wash of shoegaze there, with gauzy wrappings and experimental ribbons of texture tying things up rather neatly. TG's full-length debut, Rituals, shakes things up, opening with the surprisingly guitar-heavy "Away"—a number that unfurls and billows with an Explosions in the Sky style of drama. That surprise continues with "Curtains," an energetic tune hammering out brittle synth lines and Sonic Youth–inspired guitar noise. That raucous side of TG continues on infectious tracks like "Dead Film Star" and "Fireworks," but elsewhere—as on "Broken Dreams" and "Things Are Sometimes Tragic"—ambient electronics prevail. Fromageau's balancing act is well done. Sparkling pop gems like "Montreuil" are buried treasure, the offspring of Team Ghost's genre-mating tricks.

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About Team Ghost

Fusing shoegaze and coldwave into a sound dubbed "cold gaze," Team Ghost was founded by Nicolas Fromageau after his departure from M83. He began working as Team Ghost in 2009 with guitarist/vocalist Christophe Guérin and musician/graphic designer Jean-Phillipe Talaga. The group's debut EP, You Never Did Anything Wrong to Me, appeared in 2010 via Sonic Cathedral; later that year, the Celebrate What You Can't See EP added drummer Félix Delacroix, bassist Pierre Blanc, and vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Benoit de Villeneuve (who also produced the EP) to the lineup. These EPs were collected as the 2011 Japanese release We All Shine. Team Ghost then issued a string of singles, including 2012's "Dead Film Star" and 2013's "Curtains," that appeared on their eclectic debut album, Rituals. They returned in 2016 with their self-titled second album, a darker-sounding set of songs inspired by Vangelis' Blade Runner score and Kanye West's Yeezus. ~ Heather Phares

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