That Ghost – Unthemes (Rarities 2008-2014)
That can happen in the internet age, of course. They are based in California, I am some random jackass in Scotland, so I have no idea how much traction they’re achieving amongst their local audience, but Ryan is now retiring the That Ghost name, so I guess they never quite achieved what I think they should have.
As either a swansong or a simple requiem, this new release is just a collection of unreleased bits and pieces, and judging from the title one which is more of a pile of songs rather than anything with too much purpose or coherence.
If you’re a fan of the band, however, then it’s nice to hear. I last wrote about them over two years ago, but I have always liked their stuff. Ryan will be going on to do new things of course, but I am still glad he has enough time for his old project to release these songs into the world.
That Ghost actually largely pre-date the lo-fi enthusiasm, but the treated vocals and tinny drums sit roughly in that territory, although the songs don’t really have the venom of a lot bands you’d call lo-fi. It’s not nasty like a lot of the punk-influenced stuff, or woozy like a lot of the chillwave movement and its antecedents, but it has elements of both of these things, and an unhurried pace of its own.
It’s always a bit sad when a band you like ceases to exist, but fuck it, this is really good and despite not being a proper album, so to speak, is still a really fitting epitaph for a band which may not have revolutionised anything, but which were still pretty fucking excellent at what they did.More: that ghost