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Ghost Liotta Releases New Single 'i am thoughts'

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The song is taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut full-length out August 21st.

Ghost Liotta Releases New Single 'i am thoughts'

Today, Los Angeles experimental/electronic supergroup Ghost Liotta released their second single "i am thoughts," taken for their forthcoming self-titled debut full-length out August 21st. Incorporating vintage and modular synths, live drums, and a pedal steel guitar, the project is a new collaboration between musicians and producers Christopher Wray (Butch Walker), Zac Rae (Death Cab For Cutie), John Spiker (Tenacious D), James McAlister (The National) - McAlister also contributed drums, programming, percussion and synths to three songs on Taylor Swift's new album Folklore.

Listen to "i am thoughts" below!

Last month, the group released their song "object one," which was praised by Live For Live Music, BrooklynVegan, and Earmilk, who said "boasting of dense, dimensional synths, Ghost Liotta's debut single, "object one" feels like a Thom Yorke single that has been loosened, given the opportunity to breathe deeply for the first time."

Ghost Liotta began in 2017 when McAlister, Wray, and Rae were fresh off the road with their respective groups. The group recorded a series of improvised sessions at Zac's longtime studio The Bank, serving as an outlet where the three could be as creative as they wanted without any restrictions. "The record was collaborative and creative at every possible stage," says McAlister. "There was space for us each, in our creative voices, to make big statements. I was constantly surprised at how much of a sonic landscape we covered with so few elements. Each part was deeply considered, but still raw and not overworked."

Days before their last stint of recording, the project was abruptly interrupted by a fire that permanently closed The Bank. The music was unfinished and feared gone until a couple of years later when the hard drives were rediscovered and handed over to mixer/producer and bass player for Tenacious D, John Spiker. "There was no one we trusted with this project more than Spiker," says Wray. "If it wasn't for him we wouldn't have an album. He kept sending us tracks he'd found in those sessions and we were blown away. He's truly the fourth member of the band."

The end result is a unique mixture of instrumentation all performed live in the room. The microphones picked up breathing and squeaking of chairs. All of the synths were run through amplifiers, which contributes to the unique character and dimensions of the recordings. Instruments are processed and transformed in unexpected ways and while the music touches on many genres, it refuses to settle precisely into any one box. And speaking of the box, all of the sounds on this album were made outside of it. "There are amazing soft synth plugins out there, but we wanted to make something with the tools we love that exist as three dimensional objects in the spaces we occupy," Wray says. "Not a single sound on the album comes from a plugin."

Photo Credit: Kristin Burns

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