On May 14, Swedish-born, London-based composer Tomas Nordmark will release his sophomore album Exit Ghosts via Valley of Search. Today, Nordmark has shared a new track from the album, titled “Ghosts,” featuring vocals from the South London duo Waterbaby.
“Ghosts” is a chilling, atmospheric and eerily beautiful track that carries both grace and tension in its abstract movements. While it contains recognizable elements like piano and vocals, it’s defined by a haunting drone and a sense that the listener is entering some alien and unfamiliar realm.
Nordmark says of the track in a statement: “There are an abundance of stories embedded within the processed electronics of ‘Ghosts’, like the haunting requiem vocal line translated and taken from the opening chapter of Swedish novelist Mare Kandre’s Neo-Gothic novel ‘Bestiarium’ and sung by South London artpop duo Waterbaby over a deconstructed Wagner’s ‘Tristan chord’ slowly falling apart… I’m hugely inspired by the British theorist Mark Fisher’s ‘The Weird and The Eerie’ and I think ‘Ghosts’ is the closest I’ve come of making a piece in response to the text.“
Check out Tomas Nordmark’s “Ghosts” below, featuring a suitably eerie visual to go with it.
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