Since the release of their debut album Idol Omen in 2009, Glass Ghost's founding members Eliot Krimsky and Michael Johnson have kept busy. In addition to playing dozens of shows, including a tour with White Rabbits, Johnson joined Dirty Projectors as their new drummer, Krimsky has been collaborating with Here We Go Magic on keys, and the duo welcomed two new members to the group, Tyler Wood on keyboards and percussion, and Aerial East on vocals. Like their debut, LYFE was produced by Tyler Wood, who also produced Joan As Policewoman’s 2014 album The Classic. For the LYFE recording sessions, the group recruited many of their friends to contribute, including Joan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, and Christopher Tignor of Slow Six and Wires Under Tension. Pushing their songs to new levels by working with Brooklyn's musical elite is nothing new for Glass Ghost. They worked with more than a dozen of their friends from Brooklyn's music community, including Sharon Van Etten (who in 2011 noted “Eliot Krimsky is one of my favorite writers.”), Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, and Matt Iwanusa of Caveman, for their debut which was described by the New Yorker as “elegant compositions of frosted indie pop,” and by Time Out New York as “weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic.”
Eliot Krimsky is one of my favorite writers. His left hand is hip hop, his right hand is jazz, and his lyrics are beat.
Weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic, Brooklyn's Glass Ghost offers dance-friendly art pop.
...that irresistible, disjointed mix of pop hooks and Beefheartian abandon.
..an affecting, gently aspirated bedtime piece...In tune and percussion it struck me as the nocturnal cousin to Merriweather Post Pavilion's 'Guys Eyes.'
...a fractured bit of art-pop featuring Krimsky's intoned falsetto over some spare production and airy beats.
...otherworldly Brooklyn synth-and-drum duo.
...the music has transformed; making it big by keeping it small.
It's incredibly moving and inspiring for me. Something to sustain me!.
The overall tone of the band's debut album, 'Idol Omen,' is one of gorgeous patience and stepping lightly into this new world that's painted silver and frozen blue, white and light pink, a world that begins and ends with someone before a fire, trying to warm themselves back to an operative state, where they can enjoy the tea that's on the stove, the laughter and fresh air in the distance and the way that it makes you feel to recover from a numbing.
A cool band you should check out: Glass Ghost....their sparse, intimate, intense and intriguing atmospheres might conquer you (and your date?)