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GHOST CAPSULES Ghost Capsules

Ghost-Capsules-664x663The music of Vienna based quartet GHOST CAPSULES is exactly as the band describe: ”Dark chocolate electro”… purer, slightly bitter and perhaps not necessarily to everyone’s tastes despite the quality of the ingredients; their sound however is a fascinating, rewarding listen.

Led by BOMB THE BASS mainman Tim Simenon, that ingredient of quality has seen him work with most famously DEPECHE MODE on their ‘Ultra’ album while also taking in artists as varied as NENEH CHERRY and JOHN FOXX.

Joined by drummer Roman Lugmayr, keyboardist Georg Lichtenauer and exquisite vocalist Laura Gomez, GHOST CAPSULES capture that element of intrigue found in so many Nordic electronic acts while counterpointing with an accessibility via some hypnotic beats and cool but catchy melodies. Spikey but extremely well produced as can be expected from Tim Simenon, their self titled debut album  is percussively strong and electronically cinematic.

Launch single ‘Inside’ is a tremendous calling card with its mysteriously tuneful technopop but opening track and new single ‘Game Of Thrones’ actually manages to surpass it. Slightly darker but cut from the same cloth, it is danceable without being in your face. Windy synth throws and creepy shimmers add to the enjoyable unsettlement. Magnetic Fields’ takes the pace down slightly, the slightly detuned textures complimenting the deep drones and insistent rhythm. Laura Gomez’s seductive vocal is given room to breathe here. While there are echoes of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Jonna Lee, her raspy tones attain their own identity.

Ghost Capsules-studioElectronic bubbling and a single note squelch drives ‘My Red Shoes’ along while the wonderful ‘This Castle Of Me’is looser with subtly chattering beats and even ‘Ultra’-like synth wobbles sidechained to sparring guitar. ‘Time & Matter’ throws in elements of THE KNIFE’s ‘Silent Shout’into the mix while ‘Morgan Le Fay’ attempts a more steadfast template epically punctuated by synthetic timpani.

Concluding with the gloomier experimentations of ‘I Am Dead’ and ‘Another Earth’, this pair meander perhaps a little bit too much and are possibly the least essential tracks on ‘Ghost Capsules’. Ken Hayakawa’s remix from the ‘Inside EP’, while slightly out of step with the sound of the album, might have made a more apt closer with its filmic vibe. But overall, this is an impressive first album that only runs out of steam towards the end. Despite Simenon’s busy schedule and many hats, it will hopefully not be the last from GHOST CAPSULES. There is much potential here for some more great music.


With special thanks to Daryl Bamonte

Ghost Capsules - tour‘Ghost Capsules’ is released by O Solo Recordings on CD and download

GHOST CAPSULES 2013 German Tour includes:

Hamburg Mojo (31st May), Berlin Bi Nuu (1st June), Cologne Studio 67 (2nd June), Frankfurt Zoom (5th June), Munich Ampere (6th June), Stuttgart Zwölfzehn (7th June)

http://www.ghostcapsules.com/

http://www.facebook.com/GhostCapsules/

http://www.osolorecordings.com/artists


Text by Chi Ming Lai
13th April 2013

Introducing GHOST CAPSULES

Vienna 2010… Friday 29th October to be precise… Tim Simenon, multi-talented musician, composer, producer and label owner was in attendance with BOMB THE BASS who were playing live at the Rathaus in the Austrian capital, as part of the ‘Back To Light’ album tour.

Who could possibly have known then that fate would bring two members of the supporting band at that show – drummer Roman Lugmayr and keyboard player Georg Lichenauer – together with Simenon? In fact, the rapport between the three musicians was so strong that Simenon moved from his home at that time in Amsterdam to Vienna so they could all pursue a working relationship together. The story continues when singer Laura Gomez was booked by Simenon for one of his club nights… fate intervened again, the circle was complete and GHOST CAPSULES were born…

Their first single release is ‘Inside’, over four minutes of mesmerising synthesized pleasure that will have you chair dancing if you are not already up on your feet! Laura Gomez’s vocal rises and falls seductively while the track has a wonderful Scandinavian influence whilst still maintaining the accessibility of Tim Simenon’s best known work with such luminaries as JOHN FOXX, DAVID BOWIE and DEPECHE MODE…

The EP’s remixes include one by GHOST CAPSULES’ instrumental alias THE THIRD MIND plus a remake by MAKOSSA & MEGABLAST whose interpretation explores hypnotic beats with flashes of dub. Meanwhile, Viennese DJ LUPO delivers sublime techno that will transport you to a deserted beach with the aural equivalent of the sea kissing the toes. Bonus song ‘Sleepless’ is deep and spatial; Vienna based Japanese DJ KEN HAYAKAWA’s remix provides an incessant rhythm that trips in the shady, rainy city like a soundtrack to a remake of ‘The Third Man’.

Having been privileged to hear the forthcoming eponymous album due out in April, it is well worth the wait. The marvellous, recently unveiled new single ‘Game Of Thrones’ is enjoyably unsettling with hints of IAMAMIWHOAMI and THE KNIFE gone techno in Laura Gomez’s voice. A German tour has been announced starting in Hamburg on 31st May 2013 with dates also pencilled in for Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. As for live dates in the rest if Europe? It’s just a question of time…


Special thanks to Daryl Bamonte

Ghost Capsules - insideThe ‘Inside EP’ is released by O Solo Recordings and available now via the usual digital outlets

GHOST CAPSULES 2013 German Tour includes:

Hamburg Mojo (31st May), Berlin Bi Nuu (1st June), Cologne Studio 67 (2nd June), Frankfurt Zoom (5th June), Munich Ampere (6th June), Stuttgart Zwölfzehn (7th June)

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.fkpscorpio.com/en/bands-archiv/ghost-capsules

http://www.ghostcapsules.com/

http://www.facebook.com/GhostCapsules/

http://www.osolorecordings.com/artists


Text by Deb Danahay
24th March 2013