Ghostwriter w/Michael Paine – Morrow

Having carved himself an inventive niche under his Ghostwriter guise with 2010’s The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association album and 2013’s Dimensions EP, Mark Brend (erstwhile member of Mabel Joy, The Palace Of Light, Farina and Strange Sounds Orchestra) returns again with a new label, a slightly wider cast of contributors and a … [Read more...]

Mabel Joy – Wish I Was (reissue)

With hindsight it was perhaps inevitable that this one-off long-player from Mabel Joy got thoroughly lost at the time of its original 1993 release.  Amidst the amplified musical sects of the early-‘90s, a collection of acoustically-driven pop symphonies from a British band in thrall to stately late-‘60s/early-‘70s American singer-songwriters and … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#36 (Ghostwriter’s Mark Brend on American Gothic)

Ghostwriter’s Mark Brend on… David Ackles’ American Gothic (Elektra, 1972) I’ve been listening to David Ackles for 27 years now, and for most of that time his third album American Gothic, was one I admired more than liked. Recently that’s changed, but for years if I wanted to listen to Ackles, which I often did, I’d generally turn to his … [Read more...]

FAO#26: Second Language Records (Ghostwriter & Piano Magic)

As you may have read recently, through this writer’s uploaded pages on DOA, the London/Copenhagen-based Second Language label is already successfully nailing its reinvigorating manifesto on to the back door of the music industry.  Through a confluence of physical artefact celebration, fashion-avoiding attitudes, a playful sense of mystery, a … [Read more...]