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There’s been a deluge of stunning electronic music emanating from Europe for years, but it’s been a while since we’ve also heard swirling, noisy guitars echoing from the continent.

Combining these two strands, however – the atmospheric synth textures of Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno, and the caustic indie-rock of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine – is exactly what Nicolas Fromageau set out to do when he founded Team Ghost in 2009.

Quitting his enviable role as one half of M83 in 2004, the singer, guitarist and producer left the sunny French Riviera town of Antibes for gloomy Paris, and indulged his love of darker, more gothic
textures.

“When I left M83, I had no idea what I wanted exactly,” explains Nicolas, “but I knew I wanted to be a professional musician. So I took time to experiment, to find what kind of music I wanted to make. I guess Team Ghost is way darker than M83, as I love cold wave bands like Joy Division, Cocteau Twins etc…

“I just tried to create a new sound, I didn’t wanna do another M83.”

The core line-up of the band came together around two years ago, with the addition of Christophe Guérin on guitar and…

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There’s been a deluge of stunning electronic music emanating from Europe for years, but it’s been a while since we’ve also heard swirling, noisy guitars echoing from the continent.

Combining these two strands, however – the atmospheric synth textures of Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno, and the caustic indie-rock of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine – is exactly what Nicolas Fromageau set out to do when he founded Team Ghost in 2009.

Quitting his enviable role as one half of M83 in 2004, the singer, guitarist and producer left the sunny French Riviera town of Antibes for gloomy Paris, and indulged his love of darker, more gothic
textures.

“When I left M83, I had no idea what I wanted exactly,” explains Nicolas, “but I knew I wanted to be a professional musician. So I took time to experiment, to find what kind of music I wanted to make. I guess Team Ghost is way darker than M83, as I love cold wave bands like Joy Division, Cocteau Twins etc…

“I just tried to create a new sound, I didn’t wanna do another M83.”

The core line-up of the band came together around two years ago, with the addition of Christophe Guérin on guitar and vocals, Felix Delacroix on drums, and Pierre Blanc on bass, alongside art director and ‘phantom’ member Jean-Philippe Talaga. The group swiftly picked up attention in France and abroad, supporting
Crystal Castles on their European tour at the duo’s personal invitation, and receiving accolades from Pitchfork along the way.

After their two gauzy, otherworldly EPs, I Never Did Anything Wrong To You and Celebrate What You Can’t See, recorded at home and released on London’s legendary Sonic Cathedral label, Team Ghost’s debut album is the first time the band, now completed by French producer Benoît de Villeneuve on guitars, vocals and keyboards, have recorded in a professional studio. As such, their ‘coldgaze’ has become more streamlined – a poppier
punch in the gut compared to the EPs’ hazier sense of mood.

“I guess it’s been a natural progression,” explains Nicolas. “In a way, we try to make experimental pop songs. We love pop music, actually – that’s why most of the songs in the album are quite short and punchy.”

“The goal was to mix the raw live energy of a band with the precision of a synthesized landscape,” adds Benoît. “So we worked a lot, Nicolas and me, in my own studio, to record many different sounds, synth, textures. Once it was done, we went into the studio, recording the full band on tape, listening to the parts we recorded before in our headphones. But it was really simple, and it surprised us. It could have been a nightmare!”

Though the process might have been straightforward, you’d be loath to describe the shadowy, dystopian interior landscape of Rituals in the same way.

Slow-burning, electronic tracks like “Away” and “Broken Devices” seem to inhabit a chilly future cityscape straight out of a JG Ballard novel, washes of ambient synths ebbing like the oily Seine; “Curtains” and first single “Dead Film Star” turn up the guitars to create discordant, indie-pop gems; and “Somebody’s Watching” mixes sexual, voyeuristic lyrics with the kind of celestial choir that Popol Vuh used to soundtrack Werner Herzog’s twisted Aguirre.

“The songs have to talk to your imagination,” says Benoît, “the past, the future, the machines, the nature…”

“…and I wrote the pervy stuff,” laughs Nicolas.

Paris seems to have affected the whole band musically. For all its pop smarts, Rituals could almost be a nocturnal travelogue into the gloom of the French capital – exploring unhealthy obsessions, vices and digital disfunction amid the faded glamour of the city’s grandiose boulevards.

Nicolas sums up the effect of Paris more succintly: “We are poor. We are cold. Fuck, I wanna move back to the French Riviera!”

“With Rituals, we want to tour a lot, I hope. We love playing live! It’s essential. That’s the best way for a band to get better. And hopefully have enough success to make a bigger second
album. We are very ambitious…”

If Rituals get the recognition it deserves, the future is deliciously dark for Team Ghost – just the way they like it.

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Team Ghost Quietus Interview —

Team Ghost Interview

Team Ghost recently met up with the guys over at ‘The Quietus’. Check out the interview here.

Source: The Quietus 20th February 2013

Team Ghost Sign to wSphere —

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The band’s debut album ”Rituals” will be released in February 2013. It includes some indie pop jewels such as the first single ”Dead Film Star” to be released in the fall. A first surprise is planned for september 26th…

Read The full announcement HERE

Source: wSphere 14th September 2012
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