Often when you talk to people about dance music, once they get to Skrillex or Deadmau5 or Tiesto, their mind goes blank. Yet somehow, they already know they don’t like it. This could be annoying, sometimes it is, but sometimes you can’t help but turn to one side and smile to yourself. The good stuff is reserved for those few of us who dared to explore that bit further.
And if you come across Ghosting Season, it was probably the result of a little dance music exploration. This genre-fusing act release debut album “The Very Last Of The Saints” on the 14th of May, a compilation of mesmerising symphonic beats, mardy tones and sumptuous auras.
Will this get you in the mood for a Saturday night out on the lash? Er, no, but that would be a bit like playing ATB – Feel Alive at a funeral. This is in many ways the kind of sophisticated, elegant EDM we usually see typified by acts such as Hybrid or The Chemical Brothers.
“Follow Your Eyes” is a highlight, featuring the haunting, and frankly disturbing, lyrical talent Gregory Hoepffner. This track is screaming at me to jump in my car, slip it into my CD deck and go for a drive into the deep dark countryside – alone. Alas I only have an online copy of the album, not a CD, but there is something so deeply atmospheric going on here it seems a damn shame I’m listening on a computer at home in my bedroom.
Has dance music ever been this moody? Has a beat ever been this elegant?
“Through Your Teeth” continues the excellency, with a broody bass line that throbs in the background like a distant groan. I make it sound horribly depressing, and it almost is, but the adroit production being effortlessly displayed simply, gently, eases you into a more thoughtful state of mind.
Ever wondered what a dream sounds like?