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(ghost) drops the beats and the glitch-aesthetics for a change, going for full drone-ambient beauty here on The First Time You Opened Your Eye. This CD release is limited to just 200 hand-numbered copies, each one of which is presented in a handmade sleeve with a polaroid snap for the cover image. Released by Sound In Silence.

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CD on Sound In Silence. Edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered copies in green-grey cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and insert.

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The First Time You Opened Your Eye by (ghost)
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 12 September 2016

Sorry to interrupt your cliche-free Monday and describe a drone album as “foggy”, but it’s done now. There’s nothing we can do about it. Please direct your ire towards Brian Froh, if you’re capable of holding a grudge for thirty-five minutes. ‘The First Time You Opened Your Eyes’, fresh from postcard label Sound In Silence, is a slow-burning composition that seems to make describing the name artist moniker (ghost) its duty, lifting silhouetting vocals, hissing recordings and an intangibly remote sequence of chords into one spectral landscape.

It should do you fine, if you’re after ambient music that builds as if it were beatless post-rock and shimmers like early Tim Hecker reducing and beautifying his feedback. The layers Froh uses aren’t new in terms of ambient dynamics, but he creates a gorgeous, distantly emotive bed of texture that serves as a narrative supplement -- with synths and additives that sound like vocalisations, he creates a choir-like atmosphere that echoes our dreams in the weird, warped way they actually exist. You can zone out to it, but the music on display here is big and illusory. You might get eaten by a shadow.



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