Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost!

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Like the most adept synthesists of '80s club music -- Morgan Geist (Metro Area), Stuart Price (Zoot Woman), Trevor Jackson (Playgroup) -- Alex Frankel and NickSee more details below


Like the most adept synthesists of '80s club music -- Morgan Geist (Metro Area), Stuart Price (Zoot Woman), Trevor Jackson (Playgroup) -- Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser know their history inside-out and how to manipulate the studio gear that made it. The two have the total package, including but not limited to the zipping synthetic basslines, the wriggling rhythm-guitar lines, the torrents of fleet drums, and the melancholy vocals over a sound that is altogether colorful and uplifting. It's all done with studious attention to detail and total sincerity, even when they evoke uncool-as-of-2011 mid-'80s reference points like Sly Fox (Frankel's sung
apped delivery on "Do It Again") and stadium-era Simple Minds (the frosty piano on "Wait and See"). The same goes for the keyboard-triggered vocal chirps, the plastic horns, and -- oh yeah -- Michael McDonald, who's on the glistening midtempo closer "Slow Children," not as a stunt but out of necessity. (Frankel had written a part out of his range and used some connections to enlist the soft rock icon.) Three tracks from the duo's 2007-2010 run of singles and EPs are woven into the sequence, and they're naturally among the album's highlights. The new songs are, for the most part, up to that high standard. What doesn't make a direct hit on the hips and heart is, at the least, well constructed.

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Dfa Records


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holy Ghost!   Primary Artist
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Luke Jenner   Background Vocals
Jonathan Powell   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Chris Zane   Conga
Jerry Fuchs   Trumpet,Drums,Hi Hat
Alex Aldi   Piano,Harpsichord,Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Jupiter 6,Prophet 5
Brooklyn Youth Chorus   Vocals
Eric Biondo   Trumpet
Nick Millhiser   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Timbales,cowbell,Omnichord,Prophet 5,Prophet 600,Toms
Chris Maher   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ben Grubin   Background Vocals
Tama Techstar   Drums
Mike Williams   Trombone
John Maclean   Guitar,Soloist
Chris Glover   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Cerrone   Composer
Gary Cirimelli   Engineer
Tim Goldsworthy   Programming
Juan MacLean   Engineer
Chris Zane   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Eric Broucek   Engineer
Alex Aldi   Engineer,drum programming
Nick Millhiser   Composer,drum programming
Wolfram Eckert   Composer
Diskokaine   Producer
D.Ray   Composer
Jon Decola   Photo Assistance
Holy Ghost!   Producer,Engineer
James Murphy   Producer,Engineer

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