Interview: Glass Ghost

Glass Ghost

Glass Ghost is Eliot Krimsky and Mike Johnson, from Brooklyn. They play really beautiful music. It’s dreamy and warm, and Eliot has a wonderful voice that really hooks you in. They have an album out this year called Idol Omen, I’ve ordered my copy. Pay a visit to Western Vinyl to buy the record and go here to listen to Glass Ghost. Brilliant. Eliot kindly answered some questions:

A ‘challenge’! Can you think of two sentences that rhyme to describe your band?

Its got keyboards, and drums like swords. The stars shimmer down, with the low rumble of the ground.

Your debut album ‘Idol Omen’ was recently released via Western Vinyl- congratulations! When and where did you record the album? Are you happy with how it turned out?

We recorded it last year in our friend/ producer Tyler Woods house in Forte Green, Brooklyn. It was an old beautiful house with tall ceilings and old wood.   I am really happy with how it turned out.  We worked really hard on it, and I feel like its complete with out feeling over done.  I think we really made the songs speak.  It took about a year from start to finish. I think next time we probably wont take so long.

Do you have a favourite track from on the record? And do you have a favourite track to play live?

I like ‘Time Saving Trick’.  For a while that was the track on the record that was the least developed.  We didn’t know what to do with it and it didn’t quite have a voice.  But it made a turn around when we recorded the bassoons and trumpets . It turned into this wooden, orchestrated story.  I also like all of the sounds blend together in that track. Live , I like playing ‘Mechanical Life’.  Its got a great beat,and its really fun to sing over.

When and how did Glass Ghost form?

Mike and I were both in the band Flying together for a few years. After Flying broke up we just started playing together the two of us. That was a little under 2 years ago.  I think both of us just needed to play together to stay healthy.  After we played together for a while, we realized that the band could work with just the two of us.

Have you played many shows? What’s been your favourite show so far? Do you have a favourite venue to play?

We have played a lot of shows since we started.  There was a while when we were playing in NY almost once a week.  We just came back from a month long tour in the US opening for the band White Rabbits. We played a show in Los Angeles at the El Rey theater that was really fun.  It was such a beautiful theater and the sound was unbelievable.

What was the last record you bought?

It has been so long since I have bought a physical record or cd.  This will take some thinking.  I think the last album I bought on i-tunes was Busta Rhymes -‘The Coming’.

What was the last band you saw that really blew you away?

We played a show a while back with Sharon Van Etten, Robert Stilliman and Kurt Weisman.  Seeing them all play blew me away.  When Sharon plays it’s like she leaves her body.  She has the most beautiful voice. It takes me to another place. Kurts music is so beautiful , it takes me to a place of longing.  And Roberts music is like an old machine that was brought back from the future. This machine tells us intimate storys about how things were and how they will be.

What are your favourite records from 2009?

Sharon Van Etten has a new album called ‘Because I was in Love’ which is crushing.  Robert Stillman also recently came out with an album called ‘Master Box’ which is also crushing.  By crushing , I mean heartbreakingly beautiful.

What are some goals for Glass Ghost in 2010?

We are going to record again.  I am really excited about the new batch of songs and I cant wait to get them down. We are going to work with Tyler Wood again and we are figuring out right now logistically and budget wise how we are going to do it.

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