Former Ghosts is the brainchild of Freddy Ruppert, who started out performing music with his abrasive and emotionally charged solo project, This Song Is A Mess But So Am I. The project dealt solely with the loss of his mother. Eventually the project saw it's end and some years went by before he re-emerged as Former Ghosts. This time around the music was a little more accessible but lyrically, it still packed a punch. Former Ghosts is more of a band than it is a solo project and the recordings and live performances include contributions from the likes of: Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus), Yasmine Kittles (Tearist), and Carla Bozulich (Evangelista). On this record, Annie Lewandowski (Powerdove) fronts the vocals for a cover of the song "Shake" by Whitman. Whitman is the moniker of Christopher Payne who has performed and recorded with a long list of performers, as well as a lone wolf. His heart-on-sleeve songwriting is haunting, tender, and at times, uncomfortable. On this record he is joined by Cellist Rich Seymour for a cover of the song "New Orleans" by Former Ghosts.
Released in a pressing of 330 records (165 on white vinyl and 165 on black). Records come in professionally printed jackets with artwork by Christopher Payne and include a digital download.
Co-released with: Tiny Panda Records
FORMER GHOSTS FEATURING ANNIE LEWANDOWSKI 01 Shake