Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Featureless Ghost's Elise Tippins Goes 'Claire'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Atlanta synth-revivalists Featureless Ghost had a somewhat banner year in 2012. The duo issued a pair of untouchable releases on Night People, sponsored the reoccurring experimental-goth-new wave-dance series HUNGER, and continues to put on engaging live shows. Matt Weiner has recorded and performed his own damaged mutant-wave solo material for some time as Twins, but now Elise Tippins is stepping out with her solo project, Claire.

Going by the Soundcloud samples, Claire's muted disco plays heavily on arpeggiated tones and rhythms born out of naturally presented loops and cycles. Frigid melodies and bizarre touches of effects play out like a long lost gem uncovered by Minimal Wave or Dark Entries, while keeping a hypnotic obsession with that 4/4 beat. Imagine Laurie Spiegel and Iannis Xenakis taking a stab at warehouse dance music. Tippins reveals a darker tunefulness in the exploration of these sounds, counterbalancing Weiner's bizarre and captivating solo material.

FG fans, fear not. This is by no means a hint of the end of Featureless Ghost. As Elise explains:

"Claire is a way for me to explore making solo tracks with hardware. Over the past year I became friends over the Web with Stefan Blomeier, and we started sharing ideas and songs and then decided we should put them together on a split release. Instructional Media, a cassette label out of Glasgow, Scotland, is putting the release out at the end of the month. It's a super-limited batch of tapes. Stefan and I both really felt like the songs existed more in tandem than as separate sides, as they were mutually inspired, so the "split" goes one track Stefan, then one track Claire - alternating throughout. Very similarly to how it was made. The first track on the split ["Worlds Beside Worlds"] is a mutually composed/recorded track. It was traded back and forth with overdubbing, and then I made a video for it [produced by Tippins' video-centric alter ego Fantastic Lands]. This release was as much about trading ideas together transatlantically as it was about being alone in the dark with hardware all plugged in and ready to go."

Tippins also revealed that she's got a full-length in the works and plans on debuting the project in a live setting very soon. The tape, due out March 31, is up for pre-order via from Instructional Media's Bandcamp page.

Featureless Ghost plays the Earl on Wednesday, March 19 with Parenthetical Girls and Del Vinci. $7. 8:30 p.m.

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