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Dan Friel Ghost Town

  • Words: Joe Colly
  • Label: Important
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

Dan Friel’s accomplished Ghost Town comes as an unexpected surprise. We knew Friel from his day job as co-frontman for Brooklyn thrashers Parts & Labor, but this, a solo keyboard noise-pop project, offers a refreshing level of nuance. Just under 30 minutes long, the record’s eight tracks–equal parts noise and melody–are cobbled together using lo-fi and 8-bit electronics; seven of them are incredible. Highlights include “Buzzards,” a Cars song made from spent Nintendo cartridges, the celebratory “Ghost Town (Parts 1 & 2),” and “Horse Heaven,” a breezy Wild West outro. Overly abrasive “Singing Sand” is the only weak spot, but Ghost Town remains a true sleeper hit nonetheless.

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