ALBUM REVIEW: Holy Ghost!
In the vein of turn back the clock projects like Chromeo and Men, Women, and Children now comes Holy Ghost!, the project of duo Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser. If the name sounds familiar, you might have seen them on tour with LCD Soundsystem, or better yet introducing the world at large in the music video for LCD's "Drunk Girls" to the sport of female bike jousting.
Their self-titled debut includes their previous singles "Hold On", "Static on the Wire" and "Say My Name" coupled with new tracks like "Do It Again" which were previously only available by digital download. With its' lush touches of Italo disco and irresistible rhythm, Holy Ghost has not only made an album of revivalist sounds, but also one that will entice listeners who aren't avid dance-pop fans. Frankel and Millhiser's intertwined voices hustle over a fluid album full of catchy pleasures from track to track. There is no relenting in the pair's homage to classic disco and electro with contemporary flare.
Tracks like "Wait and See" will have you desperately wishing for the days when Michael Jackson was black as you might mistake thinking you were listening to the closing of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." But don't be fooled by their nostalgic leanings, these guys have plenty of modern sensibility to remain dance-floor-ready and not become simple retro re-hash. The track "Some Children" may have a guest appearance by seventies icon, Michael McDonald's soulful Caucasian voice, but much like Holy Ghost's! tight analog production, the track makes something extremely dated seem really cool in a new up-to-date way. (DFA Records)