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ghosts (with populous)

from with by infantjoy

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It goes without saying that on Where The Night Goes Infantjoy imagined a musical setting for the life of Erik Satie that included a song written by David Sylvian about how life itself is a kind of haunting.

Ghosts is also a song about how love is a kind of haunting of the emotions, how memory is a haunting, how words are a ghostly apparition of our thoughts.

In this imaginary musical of the life and cravings of Erik Satie, Ghosts was used as a way to demonstrate how melody itself is also a kind of ghost - melodies haunt our lives, reminding us of where we've been, what we were doing and thinking, what we were hoping for.

Melodies are as strange and as wild as ghosts.

On With, Populous adds to the idea of Infantjoy's Ghosts by taking away many of the fibres and textures contained in our original version.

The song Ghosts as defined by Infantjoy is itself on a journey - Populous take apart Infantjoy’s initial taking apart as the song embarks on a process that takes us from noise to silence, from something to nothing.

Populous give us the ghost of Ghosts, and further down the line we can hear a ghost of their Ghosts, and a ghost of that Ghosts, until the song ceases to exist even as a haunting of a haunting.

Thus this song about life which is also a song about death and which is dramatically sung by Sarah Nixey as a song about life and death would slowly stop breathing.

Populous and Sarah Nixey on behalf of Infantjoy who were originally acting on behalf of David Sylvian and Erik Satie take us to a place where a song exists between breaths, and stake a claim for the idea that a song fundamentally is about breathing.


from with, released October 1, 2007


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