Ghostband: “Kill That”
Like a professional gambler, local electronic musician Jon Davis doesn’t reveal the beatrickery concealed behind his beard all at once. Under the moniker Ghostband, Davis composes hypnotic songs in diverse digital styles: From the poptacular drones of his latest cassette Time Giver, to the science-fiction-put-to-sound electro-journeys of Verdical, to theory-driven glitchwork, he confidently wears many musical hats. Ghostband’s new release (or what we’ve heard from it so far) seems to be a return to hyper-experimental beat witchcraft.
Desolations—due out December 13—has the feel of one of Autechre or Amon Tobin’s wonkier albums. On “Kill That” (stream/download below), what begins as a simple, woody percussion riff gets jostled by rawky drum cuts and plunging jungle bass. A boa constrictor groove coils through the song, despite the surgically crisp high-hat backbone. “Rattlesden” falls even further from the traditional song structure apple tree, reminiscent of Aphex Twin’s “Rubber Johnny.” (You can stream this song at Ghostband’s Bandcamp page.)