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Tearist – “Closest”

Yasmine Kittles, who says she’s influenced by Artaud’s Theatre Of Cruelty (etc.) and records with Former Ghosts, is the primary focus of Tearist, her L.A. PPM (and Pictureplane)-stamped duo with ex-Silver Daggers/No Age touring member William Strangeland on synthesizers. For instance, that’s her on the cover of the band’s first full-length LP Living: 2009-Present. If… More »

By: brandon / March 31, 2011 - 12:48 pm

The 10 Best Videos Of The Week

The best videos this week are mind- (and pixel-) bending clips from !!! and Nite Jewel, sexy videos from MEN and Robyn, a Halloween-themed massacre from La Sera, and a glossy, District 9-esque thriller shot on location in India from You Say Party. It takes a lot to keep people watching the whole three minutes,… More »

By: jessica / October 29, 2010 - 6:11 pm

Former Ghosts – “Winter’s Year” (Stereogum Premiere)

New Love is a fun record. The generally bleak and willfully mopey Former Ghosts might not evoke “fun” in your brain, but on their second collection Freddy Ruppert, Jamie Stewart, Stereogum40 goth standout Nika Roza Danilova, and new collaborator Yasmine Kittles remove some of the submerged claustrophobia from last year’s Fleurs and replace it with… More »

By: brandon / September 29, 2010 - 11:21 am

Former Ghosts – “New Orleans” Video

Former Ghosts follow the Nika Roza Danilova-fronted “Chin Up” with “New Orleans,” another synthpop standout from Freddy Ruppert & Co.’s second Former Ghosts collection, New Love. This Michael Fierstein video for the track finds a group of girls cutting up a heart cake, burning flowers, and otherwise enacting breakup rituals in the calmest ways possible. More »

By: brandon / September 20, 2010 - 9:45 am

Former Ghosts – “Chin Up” (Feat. Nika Roza Danilova)

When Former Ghosts released Fleurs last year, it was the project of Freddy Ruppert with assists from the highly collaborative Jamie Stewart and Nika Roza Danilova, aka Best New Band Zola Jesus. This time around it’s the same deal — albeit with the addition of Yasmine Kittles of Tearist — but with Danilova’s profile skyrocketing,… More »

By: brandon / September 14, 2010 - 5:47 pm

New Former Ghosts Video – “Hold On” (Stereogum Premiere)

At the start of the month we posted “Unfolding,” a whispered bit of darkness by Former Ghosts, the emotionally raw synthpop project of This Song Is a Mess But So Am I’s Freddy Ruppert, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, and Nika Roza of Zola Jesus. When asking Ruppert about “Unfolding,” a melancholic, romantic love song featuring… More »

By: brandon / October 19, 2009 - 6:20 pm

The ‘Gum Drop CIX: Hear New Former Ghosts, Win A Kindle

Former Ghosts is the reverb-soaked, emotionally raw synthpop project of Freddy Ruppert, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, and Nika Roza of Zola Jesus. Their fantastic debut Fleurs is out 10/20 via Upset The Rhythm. We premiered standout “Unfolding” in this week’s Drop and spoke with Ruppert about the track. He gave us the specific background of… More »

By: brandon / October 7, 2009 - 11:14 am

Former Ghosts – “Unfolding”

Former Ghosts is the reverb-soaked, emotionally raw synth project of Freddy Ruppert, Jamie Stewart, and Nika Roza (Zola Jesus). Their debut Fleurs is out 10/20 via Upset The Rhythm. We asked Ruppert about “Unfolding.”

“Unfolding” is a melancholic, romantic love song. There’s a line — “blooming into each other’s missing pieces” — that couldMore »

By: brandon / October 6, 2009 - 10:39 am