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Idol Tryouts 2: Ghostly International, Vol. 2

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Disc 1 of 2
01
An Introduction to Ghosts
Artist: Solvent
1:43
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Send You Back
Artist: Matthew Dear
3:14
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Sommeil
Artist: Outputmessage
3:42
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Fit Black Man
Artist: Skeletons and The Girl Faced Boys
5:15
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Press + Burn
Artist: Kill Memory Crash
4:58
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Magic Says
Artist: Dabrye
3:38
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Electronic Piano
Artist: Mobius Band
4:38
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Berlin Sunrise
Artist: Daniel Wang
7:42
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Bang Bang Lover
Artist: Charles Manier
4:34
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The Depths & The Seashore
Artist: Benoit Pioulard
2:51
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Spin Cycle
Artist: Solvent
4:36
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Wasting a Fall (Edit)
Artist: Brother Lawrence
5:49
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The Loving Sounds of Static
Artist: Mobius Band
4:31
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I Want To Give To You What I've Got To Put Into You
Artist: Dykehouse
3:15
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Disc 2 of 2
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Umbra
Artist: Loscil
6:53
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Straight Speak
Artist: Deru
5:55
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Sanctuary
Artist: Sybarite
5:24
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Ramp
Artist: Cepia
2:25
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Hoarse
Artist: Cepia
4:18
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Isthmus
Artist: Kiln
5:12
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Amaranthine
Artist: Greg Davis
5:25
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Locks
Artist: Lusine + David Wingo
6:03
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A Little Something
Artist: Aeroc
2:15
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Colors Shifting
Artist: Christopher Willits
5:16
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Love On a Real Train (Risky Business)
Artist: Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion
6:44
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Gliding In On
Artist: Twine
6:25
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Sundown6093
Artist: Tim Hecker
4:48
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Murman
Artist: Richard Devine
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Hope in Numbers (Edit)
Artist: Deadbeat
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Total Tracks: 29   Total Length: 136:34

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Ghostly International atones for the three years that passed since the first Idol Tryouts by expanding the scope of the second volume to two discs. Only a small fraction of the tracks appeared on vinyl releases, so the set should be seen as an up-to-date summation of the label’s reach. It involves both Ghostly vets (Matthew Dear, Dabrye, Twine) and like-minded producers who have either made stray contributions or appear on the label for the first time (Christopher Willits, Sybarite, Terre Thaemlitz). Disc one is dedicated to what label head Sam Valenti IV calls avant pop. He says you know it when you hear it. Where this compilation is concerned, at least, the term is one way to lasso Dabrye’s wistful and fractious-yet-smooth instrumental hip-hop, Skeletons & the Girl-Faced Boys’ scatterbrained mutation of Something/Anything?-era Todd Rundgren, Outputmessage’s deliciously candy-coated electronic melancholy, Daniel Wang’s gleaming modern Italo-disco, Benoit Pioulard’s cobwebbed and desolate echoes of Paul Simon’s solemn moments (which could just as easily be released on Shrimper), and Charles Manier’s battering labyrinths of synthesizer sequences (which obliterate just about everything dubbed “industrial” since 1988). The material on the second disc is termed SMM, mirroring the title of a 12″ series initiated in 2004. The meaning of the acronym isn’t strictly defined (“sensual machine music” and “stately modern melodies” are two of the supplied options), but for the sake of this compilation, it could just mean “some more music.” Whatever you call it, it’s all ambient in nature, and the disc is highlighted by Christopher Willits’ anthemic whispers, Loscil’s subaquatic pulse, and Terre Thaemlitz’s subway-travelogue glide (an interpretation of Tangerine Dream’s “Love on a Real Train,” from Risky Business). Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the compilation is that it further demonstrates Ghostly’s acute aesthetic and its connections to a diverse range of labels, from Kranky to Kompakt and from Balihu to 4AD. – Andy Kellman

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