Subtractivelad Giving Up The Ghost
- Words: Cameron Macdonald
- Label: n5MD
In Giving up the Ghost, Stephen Hummel hits his listeners with mile-high waves of synth drones and symphonics before snapping in IDM beats to break up the clouds. It is all about exorcising the "ghosts" in all of us 7-to-7ers, you see. He repeats this ambient method until one is restless enough to fast-forward through the filler to get to the rather lukewarm beats. However, some songs are worth the wait: "Freckle" is fine melancholia for homeless life under a 24th century city‘s glass dome, while "Nothing is Enough" weaves synth textures so thick that they smother like a pillow.
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