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- The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association by Ghostwriter
9/10 Phil Staff review, 07 May 2010
From those nice folks who brought us the Music & Migration CD and the Dollboy CD (which sold out super quick) Second Language lovingly present us with a Ghostwriter CD. First up the packaging is second to none. I opened it up and there's all kinds of shenanigans going on in there, library tickets, a little book attached to a laggy band, a sealed stamped envelope containing some sort of goodie (I hope...) and more nick nacks. I've been looking at the thing for 5 minutes and I still keep discovering new things. Ghostwriter is author and musician Mark Brend (who wrote Offbeat Instruments and Sonic Experiments in Pop) and this is his first full album under this name. The album is partially based around archive voice recordings, fragmentary texts and 'imagined works' by folks like Arthur Conan Doyle, John Steibeck, Colin Wilson, John Cowper Powys, Arthur Machen, Ivor Gurney and more. In, around and over the spoken word is a collage of weird instruments and toytown musings which form the album. It's great as well... it's got a proper playful vibe, it's fun yet serious and it's the kind of thing which I can see myself getting obsessed about. And anything that will stop me obsessively playing Omar Khorshid at the mo is a good thing. Also somewhere inside the packaging (fuck knows where as it's pretty cryptic) is a code which gives you access to a Ghostwriter site.
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