Meet New Zealand’s Ghost Wave

Ghost Wave

Listen to track, below, from forthcoming debut album.

 By Blurt Staff

 Flying Nun Records will release Ghost Wave’s debut full-length, Ages, on August 27th in the U.S.  Ages is the first new release since the seminal New Zealand independent label announced their partnership with Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco) in America. Ghost Wave’s sound sits perfectly between the Flying Nun bands of the ’80s, the British explosion of the ’60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee “Scratch” Perry. Check out new track “Here She Comes”:


The Backstory: At its inception, the brainchild of Matthew L. Paul, Ghost Wave was a project relegated to a small room in Auckland, New Zealand. Paul, along with collaborator Eammon Logan, self-recorded what became their self-titled EP; a collection of sunny and warped songs characterized by jangly guitars underpinned by motor-style rhythms and a unique melodic sensibility.  The EP caught the attention of critics, and with some early praise in their pockets, Ghost Wave traveled to the U.S. for shows in New York (including CMJ) and Los Angeles. They returned to the states several months later for appearances at 35 Denton Festival and SXSW; showcasing new songs along with an updated live configuration.

 Ages was recorded and self-produced in various studios around Auckland, New Zealand in six days. Thomas Bell (The Clean) engineered and mixed the record. Meanwhile, recently, Beck’s beer approached Ghost Wave about participating in their Record Label Project. As a part of the project, Beck’s hired designers to create multiple album cover artworks as well as to create an Edison bottle using a Beck’s beer bottle, which was inscribed to play Ghost Wave’s single “Here She Comes” like a 19th century phonograph cylinder. The fascinating video of how the bottle was made can be watched here.

 Ghost Wave just wrapped up New Zealand tour dates with The Black Angels. They will return to the U.S. around the release of Ages for a full tour including performances at the CMJ Music Marathon.

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