Review: Team Ghost – Rituals

Review: Team Ghost – Rituals

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Team Ghost
Rituals
wSphere
Street: 04.16
Team Ghost = Young Prisms + Muse

It’s hard not to make comparisons of Team Ghost to M83, which Nicolas Fromageau left in 2009. Rituals sounds almost just like his former project with Anthony Gonzalez, but with darker, more industrial elements. “Things are sometimes tragic” captured my attention with some cool, mystical and spacey sounds, feeling airy and simultaneously grounded, with instrumentation akin to Four Tet. The entirety of the album is kind of interesting as the songs dabble with darker elements, including solos on the guitar that were super heavy on the strings, as they drag out a la Explosions in the Sky in “All we left behind,” but then the album takes a turn on “Fireworks” and “Somebody’s Watching,” which follow suit with lighter themes that would be appropriate to dance naked to in your room. The contrast may be helpful as you reach the end of the album, with it concluding on a note of doom and gloom. –Brinley Froelich


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