Ghastly
FRND SHPS


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler McKaige USER (10 Reviews)
January 6th, 2013 | 11 replies | 1,077 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An incredible collection of beats that is not to be missed out on.

This first full-length is a peculiar one. It’s a concept album of sorts, the concept here being friendship. Each of the fifty tracks is dedicated to a person, some to the same one. Those people are anyone who liked the status of the artist and they have all received personal dedications in this record as a result of their support for Ghastly. It’s an interesting premise that doesn’t say anything about the music itself, however it’s a cool idea overall and a unique way to involve fans, friends, and family in the production of music.

The music is remarkable in its own right, the album as a whole, being a Donuts-esque mix of fifty beats that never hit the minute mark until the last track. It is a huge departure from ‘Forest Temples’, which featured eight tracks that averaged around the two-and-a-half minute mark. I was amazed by the fact that ‘FRND SHPS’ only runs just two minutes more than ‘Forest Temples’, and still Ghastly’s first full-length manages to do more musically and rhythmically than the debut EP.

With such a massive amount of content, any listener would expect to hear some filler, however everything on this record fits right in. There was never a moment I felt bored or uninterested in what I was hearing. Every track does something different with Ghastly’s signature combination of soft melodies and well-crafted beats.

Production here is another high point for this record. I have had the pleasure of hearing O’Rourke progress as a recording artist over the years and I do not believe he has ever been in better form. The FlyLo influence is still pretty clear, however O’Rourke is beginning to make distinctions that are bringing him towards a more unique and original style of production.

‘FRND SHPS’ is also a lot heavier on the sampling than ‘Forest Temples’ (not that FT was without them). The ‘Legend of Zelda’ samples are more prominent than ever in a slew of Nintendo focused game samples, while also featuring the opening of Cartoon Network’s ‘Regular Show’ and other references. It was a refreshing return to form for that feels a bit more in the vain of Ghastly’s sister project, Horologue, which I see as a great change for this project. After all, that’s where this record derives a lot of its charm from.

Since he began recording as Horologue nearly five years ago, Austin O’Rourke has made powerful strides as a musical artist and as his experience allows him to put out a more prolific output, he could eventually become one of the leading figures in the electronic music scene, if not, at least in the underground. ‘FRND SHPS’ is an incredible record that successfully becomes just what it set out to be in only twenty four minutes. This release most assuredly has Ghastly/Horologue/O’Rourke poised for greatness -- and the best has yet to come.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tragic.details
January 5th 2013



622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Free download here.
http://ghstly.bandcamp.com/

cinaedus
January 6th 2013



26194 Comments


is there a band called haunter as well

Tupik
January 6th 2013



667 Comments


^ Same thought

SadAndHolyGlow
January 6th 2013



1444 Comments


Doesn't really sound like my thing, but I might check it out. Great review. First pos!

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Fluttertrank
January 6th 2013



16870 Comments


50.... wow.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2013



30291 Comments


This just seems like a really stupid idea. "Hey, this is a pretty sweet be-oh it's gone now"

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tragic.details
January 6th 2013



622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Deviant, the album itself is the experience, not the individual tracks. its meant to be heard as a whole, a series of quick experiments that flow through each other really well.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2013



30291 Comments


No I get that, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a "journey" that's going to change every ten seconds or so. Which still doesn't make sense, when you're a beat-oriented artist

tragic.details
January 6th 2013



622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I see what you're saying now. Normally, it's probably not something that would work, and I was surprised to see it from Ghastly myself, but the beats here carry enough similarities in tone, structure and great quality that it doesn't feel choppy or leave me disappointed when the track changes.

Asdfp277
March 10th 2013



847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

God i can't unsee the face on the cover shit

tragic.details
March 10th 2013



622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit, I hadn't noticed it.
Nice catch, dude...though it is awfully eerie.



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