Flying Nun Records (The Clean, The Bats, The Chills) will release Ghost Wave's debut full-length, Ages, onAugust 27th in the U.S. Ghost Wave's Ages is the first new release since the seminal New Zealand independent label announced their partnership with Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco) in America.
Ghost Wave's sound sits perfectly between the Flying Nun bands of the '80s, the British explosion of the '60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee "Scratch" Perry. At its inception, the brainchild of Matthew L. Paul, Ghost Wave was a project relegated to a small room in Auckland, New Zealand. Paul, along with collaborator Eammon Logan, self-recorded what became their self-titled EP; a collection of sunny and warped songs characterized by jangly guitars underpinned by motor-style rhythms and a unique melodic sensibility. The EP caught the attention of the internationaltastemaking blog, Neon Gold who praised first single "Sunsetter" as "two and a half minutes of sun kissed 70's bliss." Pretty Much Amazing described the EP track "Hippy" as an "invincible lo-fi summer jam, the one that fits the fireworks and the too-fast driving."
With some early praise in their pockets, Ghost Wave traveled to the U.S. for shows in New York (including CMJ) and Los Angeles. They returned to the states several months later for appearances at 35 Denton Festival and SXSW; showcasing new songs along with an updated live configuration.
"Here She Comes" is the first single from Ages. Indie Shuffle said of the track, "Over the course of its 3 minutes and 23 seconds, the Auckland-based quartet layer laid-back and nonchalant vocals over jangly guitars and an upbeatbassline." VICE premiered the video, which the band filmed in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn when they were in town for CMJ. Ages was recorded and self-produced in various studios around Auckland, New Zealand in six days.Thomas Bell (The Clean) engineered and mixed the record. In describing their new record, Matthew L. Paul notes that it is a departure from the sunny sounds of their debut EP: "There is a kind of amphetamine-like feel to this record. I think, in terms of the way the songs are played, we were less interested in loud/soft and wanted to create a mechanic type sound and song-presence."
Recently, Beck's approached Ghost Wave about participating in their Record Label Project. As a part of the project, Beck's hired designers to create multiple album cover artworks as well as to create an Edison bottle using a Beck's beer bottle, which was inscribed to play Ghost Wave's single "Here She Comes" like a 19th century phonograph cylinder. The fascinating video of how the bottle was made can be watched here. Beck's has a 25-year history supporting musicians and artists alike with their Art Labels Project, which has employed the talents of Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Damien Hirst, M.I.A. and Kid Cudi amongst many others.
Ghost Wave just wrapped up New Zealand tour dates with The Black Angels. They will return to the U.S. around the release of Ages for a full tour including performances at the CMJ Music Marathon. Stay tuned!
Ghost Wave is:
Matthew L. Paul (Vocals, Guitar)
Eammon Logan (Drums)
Mike Ellis (Bass, Vocals)
Jamie Kennedy (Guitar)
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Ages Track Listing:
2. I Don't Mind
3. Country Rider
5. Here She Comes
9. Teenage Jesus
6/27 Auckland, NZ @ The Kings Arms (NZ record release show)
7/2 Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena w/ Manic Street Preachers
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.