Holy Ghost! is a disco band from NYC that makes impeccable use of endlessly obscure analog instrumentation. They’re probably the closest that DFA ever got to another LCD Soundsystem in sonics, spotless-yet-gritty aesthetics, and overall fussiness. Their DFA-produced (one of the last things credited to both James & Tim) 2007 debut 12” Hold On preceded the disco revival by a fair bit, and certainly influenced a rash of rearview-gazing groups such as Escort and Midnight Magic. 2019’s Work heralds the revival of long-dormant NYC institution West End Records. This record is a direct descendent from the works of Arthur Russell (Loose Joints) and Larry Levan - intuitive yet clever analog sequences, bubbling arpeggios and flicked guitar under a heavy fog of “been there, done that, over it”. The disc starts with the two-part “Epton on Broadway”, Alex Frankel’s spoke-sung falsetto, Nile Rogers guitar, and a charmingly indulgent instrumental reprise. “Anxious” is an absolute highlight, shimmering synths and burbling bass that nearly make you forget the apprehensive lyrics. “Do This” starts with rowdy whoops and cheers, an organic touch that reminds you where and how this music is meant to be heard. This record is packaged in an expectedly classy sleeve designed by Michael Vadino (who has done pretty much every LCD record or thing).
- black vinyl pressing
- gatefold sleeve and printed inner
- music label: West End Records 2019
reviewed by FKA KRIS DFA 07/2019