Brooklyn duo Holy Ghost! are back with Work, their first album in six years which will be out June 21. The LP also finds them moving from DFA to the recently reactivated NYC underground disco label West End Records that was once home to Arthur Russell’s Loose Joints, Peech Boys, and others. Work will be West End’s first album release of new, original music in 30 years. Alex Frankel (who’s been building a mini Greenpoint restaurant empire since the last HG record) and Nick Millhiser made the album in a small studio above a doctor’s office and paired-down their enormous synth collection to just two: a Yamaha CS80 and a Mini Moog. “Not necessarily the bare necessities, but what would make for the most interesting limited palette,” says Millhiser. “David Bowie didn’t have every fucking synthesizer on earth to make Low. He had two. And that’s one of my favorite synth records of all time.”
Work also features guest appearances from Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab, Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Paul Simon, David Bowie) and Alex Epton (Neon Indian, David Byrne), and the album artwork features a piece by conceptual artist Agnes Denes. You can check out new single “Escape from Los Angeles” (which closes the album), as well as the album art and tracklist, below.
Holy Ghost are also touring, with dates this month in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and they’ll play a record release show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on June 21. Tickets for Bowery are on Citi presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 5 at noon. All dates are listed below. UPDATE: The 6/21 show sold out so there’s now a second Bowery Ballroom show on 6/22 (tickets).
Epton on Broadway Part I
Epton on Broadway Part II
Heaven Knows What
One For Pete
My Happy House
Escape From Los Angeles
Holy Ghost! – 2019 Tour Dates
04-26 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04-27 Los Angeles, CA – Globe Theatre
05-03 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
05-09 Guadalajara, México – Corona Capital at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
06-21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Album Release Show)
06-22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Album Release Show)