Ghost: Postcards From The Edge
By Jacob Connor
Ghost floated to Aotearoa from the UK last year and brings a metropolitan sweep to the beeps and sub-bass presented here. A remix of Foreign Beggars’ No More recalls the rap tracks of DJ Shadow’s ‘Outsider’ album. CIA throws the beat off centre and is populated with flattened birdcall waveforms. The central rhythm is frequently shunted askew, so you’re left wondering if it’s quite right or on purpose. However these tracks are mostly highly melodic, so the collection doesn’t stutter into glitch territory. The tonal palette is deftly handled, you get the feeling Ghost (these days RDU PD and Friday Drive show host Simon Williamson) has a fully-stocked compositional toolbox. Christchurch rhyme artist Aeries drops some well-considered guest rhymes on the Future Sound of London-esque Time Will Tell and the politically edgy Way With Words. I especially like LDN, a twisting saw bass instrumental and Stardust, a contemplative heavenward helix spiral. An assured release boasting a wash of good feeling, ‘Postcards From The Edge’ delivers a message worth hearing.