Ghost Twin - Plastic Heart
2015 saw my discovery of the Canadian dark synthpop group Ghost Twin as they had just released their first EP Here We Are In The Night. The EP was absolutely astonishing and spellbinding as the occult synths worked their magic and brought dark clouds over a beautiful horizon. The track 'Mystic Sabbath' would probably land on my favorite fifty tracks of all time but that might just be a different list I'd have to make for a different time. Their moody music caught on with a larger crowd as they progressed and performed live with many becoming addicted to Ghost Twin's dual vocals as Jaimz and Karen Asmundson sang side-by-side. The fine folks over at Artoffact Records noted their talent as well and soon enough Ghost Twin joined their ever-growing roster. Fast forward a bit and we come to the present with Ghost Twin's highly anticipated record Plastic Heart seeing the light of day.
The eleven track album has Ghost Twin's staple all over it as the psychic and obscure talent of the duo brings their industrial meets synthpop smorgasbord to fruition. Fans of the project will immediately recognize two reworked tracks from Here We Are In The Night which are 'Chymical Wedding' and 'Mystic Sabbath'. I can easily stand beside the energetic rework of 'Chymical Wedding' but I stay a purist to the original version of 'Mystic Sabbath'. That is all a matter of personal opinion, however, and people will pick and choose their own favorite versions of those songs. The important bit here is that any versions of the songs are quite enjoyable without a dull beat to them.
There are plenty of discoveries to be had on the album such as 'The Haunt' - one in which I was pleasantly surprised with. Drawing upon tranquilizing synths and a duet of vocals readily able to empower anyone willing to give a listen, it was an absolute delight. 'Transfigured Heart' was another interesting bit on the album - the song speaks of curiosity with bewitching aura all about it. Lo-fi guitars, a gorgeous voice, and sulking synths all made the track fill me up with joy.
I leave the rest of the album for you to discover as I could go on and on and on and continue to speak praises about the album but I am also a firm believer in experiences - and Ghost Twin's Plastic Heart is not an experience you should be missing out on. Get ready for a thrilling occult synth ride through a gorgeous vista in the stars above because that's exactly where Ghost Twin is heading.
May 19 2017
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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