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Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts


4.0
excellent

Review

by Conrad Tao EMERITUS
March 28th, 2012 | 23 replies | 6,133 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "And when it's over, and the streets are soaking up in the blood, you smile and know that you just won another day with yourself, you know?"

Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts opens with a quote from Richard Linklater's seminal Before Sunrise. It's appropriate; the debut album from Irish musician Shane Harrington, who pieces together haunting sonic collages as OST, shares Linklater's existential fascination, but more importantly, it shares a flexible sense of space. Just like the thoughtful slackers and musers occupying the universes of Waking Life, Dazed and Confused, and, yes, Before Sunrise as well as its companion piece Before Sunset, Harrington's tracks are both extremely intimate and daringly omnipresent. They seem to have come from somebody sitting right next to you, or perhaps inside the confines of your mind, and yet they project a quiet confidence that echoes in our bottomless headspace.

This uncanny marriage of the personal and the dispassionately universal grants Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts its staying power as well as its compulsive listenability. An immediate and easy point of comparison is the work of Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong as the Books, but unlike that whimsical duo, Harrington deals in emotional frankness. The effect is striking: when we hear Johnny Marco sob, "I'm fucking nothing, not even a person" on "Death Before Death", we've been deprived Sofia Coppola's careful handling of her protagonist, and so the utterance is not cathartic so much as helplessly nihilistic. Somewhere was accused of indulging in privileged solipsism, and admittedly there's a fair bit of navel-gazing to be found here, but Invisible Ink is disarmingly honest even when it's emotionally puerile. Of course, the elegantly rough-hewn music (and occasional atmospheric vocals) that Harrington weaves his samples together with helps matters. Every track is a pleasure to hear, and many moments - the post-rock stylings of "All Of This Can Be Fixed" and "Tokyo Trustfund" come to mind - are heart-stoppingly gorgeous.

All of which lends this album well to late-night listening. But make no mistake; this is not something to leave on while drifting off to the mysterious lands of REM sleep, not unless you'd like the movie playing across your eyelids to be populated by lost, puzzled souls. Somehow, Harrington has managed to musically encapsulate a generation of ex-dreamers. In the end, his effort is more touching than many of the films he samples - a superior bunch, if I may say so myself - because it turns Kim Krizan's subtle observations about communication into a reality that is at once tangible and not. It explores that which "we perceive [that] cannot be expressed" through that most abstract medium of all: organized musical sound. This is heady, philosophically tormented stuff, but it's blissfully easy to swallow, the sonic swirl never less than tasteful - a little bit of Dntel-esque glitch here, a mournful guitar line there - and frequently much, much more than that. As the final strings of "Night Loop" fade away, you'll want to start again, right from the beginning. And so we relive our anguished, spectral contemplation, over and over again.



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conradtao
Emeritus
March 28th 2012



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://originalsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/

So beautiful.

Ire
March 28th 2012



41749 Comments


osi

good review

conradtao
Emeritus
March 28th 2012



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shit I just realized that! cool.

BaseballJames
March 28th 2012



370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Holy fuck, this is awesome stuff. Good review too.

FelixCulpa
March 28th 2012



1237 Comments


This sounds really good. Nice review Tao.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2012



6366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really really really good!!!
Also, it's free: yay :D

Digging: Shackleton - Deliverance Series No. 1

fractured
March 28th 2012



365 Comments


Really nice review, it fit the music. My first impression of this is really good, this guy's got a gift for atmospherics.

iswimfast
March 28th 2012



1261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is very cool. Nice review as well.

Funeralopolis
March 28th 2012



11025 Comments


interesting

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

conradtao
Emeritus
March 28th 2012



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I feel like a bunch of Sputnikers would like this..

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 29th 2012



4940 Comments


this is pretty boring

conradtao
Emeritus
March 29th 2012



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

booooo

booooooooooo

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 29th 2012



4940 Comments


sorry conrad

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2012



6366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is just brilliant, wtf

Yazz_Flute
March 31st 2012



18764 Comments


OSI
OST

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

Tyrannic
April 1st 2012



3261 Comments


"But make no mistake; this is not something to leave on while drifting off to the mysterious lands of REM sleep, not unless you'd like the movie playing across your eyelids to be populated by lost, puzzled souls."


i think this happened to me once omg. i never remember them though, this was good description.

chambered69
April 18th 2012



1253 Comments


this is almost too up my alley

BallsToTheWall
April 25th 2012



44164 Comments


Good review, sounds interesting.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2012



6366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still amazing

OST
May 8th 2012



2 Comments


Music Video for Everything Else - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoZZGgAFWoQ



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