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Ghostly Swim

(Ghostly International; US: 27 Jan 2009; UK: 27 Jan 2009)

Joining the likes of Stones Throw and Def Jux, the Michigan based Ghostly International has taken the opportunity to make an [adult swim] compilation. Since none of the tracks selected by label boss Sam Valenti IV mention the monolithic adult cartoon network, this is obviously just a flimsy excuse to make a G.I. mixtape. However, any excuse to make a G.I. mixtape is good enough for me. Plus, it was originally available for a free download early on in 2008, almost a year before this physical version was pressed, so it’s not like money was the only motivating factor.


Whatever they’re charging is worth it too, if only to see what Sam and his pals have been up to. Righteous indie-electronic hybrids from the likes of School Of Seven Bells, Tycho, Aeroc, The Reflecting Skin, The Chap, and Matthew Dear will prove to even the most jaded acoustic lover the vibrancy, passion, and musicianship of modern electronic sound, and all of its rich variations. Without a doubt, Ghostly Swim displays one of the finest indie labels in the world at the very top of its game.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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