Friday, March 11, 2011

Do it Again

Song: Do it Again
Artist: Holy Ghost!
Album: Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! are a New York City-based duo (Nick Millhiser & Alex Frankel) who initially formed a hip-hop group called Automato.  They recorded a debut album produced by James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy of the DFA before the band fell apart.  Millhiser and Frankel continued to create music, and soon Holy Ghost! were formed, though they moved toward a more electropop sound over the hip hop of Automato.

In November of 2007 the duo released their first single, "Hold On," and came up with the name "Holy Ghost!" just prior to its pressing.  They've released a handful of singles since then, as well as done remixing work for the likes of Moby, MGMT, and Cut Copy, and toured with label mates LCD Soundsystem.  Their self-titld debut album is scheduled for release in early April on DFA.

I immediately connected with Holy Ghost!, their music sounds like a mix of a variety of groups; Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Cut Copy, etc.  They write catchy electropop with a focus on songwriting over production tricks.

Lead track and recent single "Do it Again" was an instant favorite.  Do I hear a little "The Look" by Roxette in there?  Regardless, it's a good one.  "Wait and See" starts off a lot like the Scissor Sisters cover of "Do the Strand" and then goes into Empire of the Sun territory, beginning the 80's sound of the record.  "Hold On" is a perfect slice of Italo Disco with a throbbing beat, trickling piano, and sexy-deadpan vocals.

This is a solid debut and has me interested in that Automato hip-hop album.  Anyone heard it?


Do it Again

Hold On

Wait and See

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