Biography

Eschewing comfortable categorization since 2010, Guilty Ghosts has been making music in a style that they call "ambient alternative," which takes inspiration from shoegaze, trip-hop and sample based music, drone, atmospheric post-rock and post-hardcore. 

Guitars are treated with delay, reverb and distortion, and looped like mantras. Arpeggiated riffs serve a role that vocals might in a standard pop song. Minimal drum patterns create momentum while grounding the listener in the rhythmic and emotional possibilities of each musical idea it arrives within. At times, it all can sound meditative, plaintive or in a kind of awe. At others, it trembles, simmering with a controlled yet mounting intensity. It's a result that is unconventional yet familiar, as if Mogwai were mixed with Massive Attack, a doomy take on The Album Leaf, Explosions in the Sky filtered through bedroom DIY or a kind of proto hyper rock. 

The absence of lyrics throughout encourages the listener to make their own meaningA suitable companion to countless emotions and environments, it is particularly fit for rainy days, everlasting evenings and melancholy moments (in solitude or in communion). 

Originally from New York City, Guilty Ghosts is now based in the Bay Area. On top of working in the culture industry by day and recently becoming a parent, they are at work on their seventh release, currently titled METALOGUES.


Discography


The Witness
Digital - June 2015
(Bandcamp | iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify)


Trespasser
CDR, Digital - October 2012
(Purchase CD | Bandcamp | iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify)


asentimentalsong/Guilty Ghosts Split
10" Vinyl, Digital - March 2012
Harding Street Assembly Lab
(Purchase Vinyl | Bandcamp)


Veils
Digital - October 2011
Limited Edition C60 Cassette Bundle - May 2012
Words+Dreams
(Purchase Cassette | Bandcamp | iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify)


Enigma Variations
C20 Cassette, Digital - May 2010
Words+Dreams
(OUT OF PRINT | Bandcamp | Soundcloud)


Guilty Ghosts
CDR, Digital - April 2010
(OUT OF PRINT | Bandcamp | Soundcloud)