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Ghostland Observatory

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 8:30 PM


with Evanoff
Ghostland Observatorys entire approach to music sonically, aesthetically, conceptually is essentially a melding of the two distinctly different personalities of its two members, Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens. Whereas Turner, the producer/drummer/keyboardist of the duo, finds solace in the minimal, bleak cable-patch squawks of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the analog-disco-thump of Giorgio Moroder, Behrens interests lie more along the lines of psychedelia, rock and various country and blues artists.The result is a shimmering, pulsing pop music that is at once kinetically alive with Behrens striking vocals and driving guitar work but also anchored firmly by Turners percussive beats and Moog-generated melodies and hooks. Common descriptions include electro-dance rock, synth-funk and Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk.Deciding to produce a style of music that as yet existed only in their collective consciousnesses; Behrens and Turner formed Ghostland Observatory in Austin in 2003 and haent looked back since. They now sell out prominent venues across the country, have played at Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, Coachella and the Austin City Limits music festival, which they headlined, and continue to play at various music festivals and venues around the globe to an ever increasing fan base, thanks to their now-famous live shows.The duo has released four albums to date, all on Turners label, Trashy Moped Recordings: Delete.Delete.I.Eat.Meat..., Paparrazi Lightning, Robotique Majestique and their latest offering, Codename: Rondo, which was recorded in Turners Austin studio.The ten-track Codename: Rondo is equal parts psyechedelia, minimal electronic, rock, funk and soul. It was recorded with what Turner calls a more linear approach in mind. Rather than layering sound upon sound to fill out a track, the band sought to use fewer sounds while striving to make each of them count.Highlights on the new album include the first track, Glitter, with its loping, fuzzed-out bassline, tremolo-tweaked vocals and Spaghetti Western guitar break. Thats Right is a Cars-meet-ZZ Top ripper with the formers signature synth breaks skipping across the latters overdriven, chugging guitar riffs. Another standout, Miracles, finds Behrens haltingly phrasing his lyrics in perfect syncopation with Turners raw keyboard melody before exploding into an irresistible, hand-clapping chorus that is soon chased by running swells of disco strings. Codename: Rondo, the albums title track, is a perfect example of the bands efforts toward minimal maximization: a surreal narrative recalling a series of nebulous incidents in Newark, New Jersey spoken over nothing more than a steady kick and some faint electronic warbling while, during the breakdown, deep space satellite transmissions blip intermittently over a loop of what seems to be a robot with hiccups and poor phone reception attempting to leave a voicemail.With Codename: Rondo, Ghostland Observatory has taken a step in a new direction, both creatively and technically, while still maintaining the essential elements of their unmistakable sound: sweaty, raw-boned, and direct from the future; committed to electronics, stuck on big beats, yet unmistakably powered by rock n roll.

Cost: $27.00 - $29.00
Tickets: http://www.viagogo.com/ww/Concert-Tickets/Rock-and-Pop/Ghostland-Observatory-Tickets/E-2170763?affiliateID=624&PCID=AFFIAFFUKEvent14FF953148

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