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Glass Ghost’s simple but sublime “Like A Diamond” was the first track to garner attention some months back, and deservedly so. It’s an affecting, gently aspirated bedtime piece coupling GG main mind Eliot Kimsky’s introspective ruminations with understated rimclicks and rolling Rhodes keys. In tune and percussion it struck me as the nocturnal cousin to Merriweather Post Pavilion’s “Guys Eyes,” and in feel and tone it seemed to capture Kimsky’s Glass Ghost moniker perfectly: nearly translucent and delicate vocals set to a melody that lingered long after you pressed stop. Since then Eliot’s signed to Western Vinyl and has prepared the eight-song full-length Idol Omen with beat maker Mike Johnson and lots of guests, including Here We Go Magician Luke Temple, Joan (As Policewoman) Wasser, and the excellent Sharon Van Etten. “Like A Diamond” appears on the LP, but the album’s first official listen comes via a track called “The Same,” which is a certain shift from the lustrous “Diamond”; this is Glass Ghost in a quirkier, more beat-driven grab-bag guise, with squiggly synths in one second, jubilee horns and whistles some bars later, monotone chants, all ending with a mild case of cacophony. It could be this is meant to signal the other extreme of Glass Ghost’s aesthetic, although with a press release trumpeting “a new musical force distilled from myriad influences, from J. Dilla to Deerhoof,” maybe not.

And here’s that demo of “Like A Diamond” that’s been floating around:

Idol Omen is out this fall via Western Vinyl.

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  1. cocacola  |   Posted on Sep 1st, 2009 0

    Just wanna go on record here as saying I love Glass Ghost, and they’re gonna blow up like whoa this year. They’re so unique and weird but still poppy and fun. One of the only “indie” bands I can think of that does anything with hip hop that isn’t incredibly annoying.

    • Good for you. I’m sure everyone will be happy to acknowledge that you championed this ‘press the demo button on a casio keyboard’ aesthetic from an embryonic stage.

  2. cocacola  |   Posted on Sep 1st, 2009 0

    Haha. I guess I meant “go on record” in a facetious way, not trying to be self-aggrandizing about my GG love. But fair enough. BTW can I buy your Casio? Yours is obviously a hell of a lot better than mine.

    • Aw man, you’ve made me feel bad about being a dick now cos you’re actually nice haha; most folk on Stereogum are just cynical and embittered. Still can’t say I’m a fan of the music, but each to their own, eh?

  3. Sebastian  |   Posted on Sep 1st, 2009 0

    glass ghost is fantastic; glad sgum is on to it

  4. when you see them live you will know it’s not just a press a button and sing along band. they work really hard and their shows are amazing. (and i’m not just saying that cause I sang with them – or cause they happen to be the nicest people in the world).

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