A compelling and intensely retro-minimal electronic album with eerie, post-human and hypnotically emotional tendencies.
Rather discreet but not a new comer in the “oceanic” universe of digital self releases / autoprod, Peter Warren is a London based electronic musician and synth wizard whose core influences in composing phase are coming from the 80s electronic music classics and rarities. Before launching his Ghost Station project, Peter Warren self released an album that got airplay on Rob Da Bank’s BBC Radio 1 show and a publishing deal with Fabric (2006).
The musical signature of Ghost Station offers a rather intricate and composite mix between lo-fi soundtracky ambiences (From John Carpenter, Nico Fidenco or more recently Brassica and Alessandro Parisi), synth-pop (Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Riechmann Giorgo Moroder…) and 70s synthesized-kraut-ish droney textures (reminiscence of a few experiments from Conrad Schnitzler, Ragnar Grippe et al). Each track reveals its own originality and sonic density, with lot of timbral sequences, amorphous drone moves, pretty elaborate and propulsive pulsating vibes. This is not a revolutionary album but meticulously composed and absolutely well-executed with pretty interactions between buzzy keyboards, catchy electronic scintillations and cyber-like rhythmical grooves. The atmosphere is rather tense, menacing and coldly emotional, but at the end very striking. A compelling and intensely retro-minimal electronic album with eerie, post-human and hypnotically emotional tendencies (those keys remind me in spirit a few 80s horror-scifi scores). Definitely a brilliant and promising debut effort which needs our full encouragements. A great discovery, warmly recommended.
Ghost Station is available on Bandcamp.