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Ghost Culture's 2013 single 'Mouth' seemed to appear from nowhere, but its starry slice of synth pop, flecked with misty-eyed melancholia, made a solid impression. Confusingly, B-side 'Red Smoke' was the kind of deep house that could easily nestle into a set from the likes of Maya Jane Coles - and appropriately found its way onto a Fabric Live release from Phantasy label owner Erol Alkan. Two years later, and the range hinted at by just two songs is replicated and expanded on in the first full-length record from Ghost Culture, the nom de guerre of James Greenwood, who shepherds the listener through subdued electronica to upbeat dance, exploring most shades in between, and sometimes all during the same song.

The first notes of 'Mouth' penetrate a low, theremin-like hum, before the album rolls into motion proper. When Greenwood's breathy whispers enter shortly afterwards, the 24-year-old's nous for production and songcraft is made immediately evident, proceeding from strength to strength for the remainder of the album. On each of the 10 tracks, a long list of different elements simple and complex are layered into rich, earthy, and skilfully-produced wholes. But the way in which Greenwood does so is immediately and appealingly accessible, even with the more sombre slow-burners such as as 'How' or 'The Fog', that imbues the entire record with a sense of something special.

Wide-reaching influences are formed into creations that are of Greenwood's own.

He casts skewiff silhouettes of Kraftwerk or Caribou but is never overshadowed by these - they are instead presented to the listener as knowing homage. Greenwood's voice maintains a subdued croon that can be at odds with the surrounding music, generally orbiting forlorn, although occasionally touching on the charming eccentricities of experimental electronics like Edward Ka-Spel and the Legendary Pink Dots. At times the record leans towards the alluringly bittersweet synthesisers of downtempo New Order, and at others undulating, twinkly arpeggios and chunky bass riffs construct a more elated atmosphere. Songs like 'Giudecca' guide the listener along the full spectrum, which is no easy task.

Ghost Culture is a balancing act of contrasts. Between icy, plucked synths, and warmer tones, and between animated dance and evocative croons, between the obvious leading riffs that swirl on the surface and the elaborate layers that serve as the framework. But Greenwood gets the concoction right: all of the above culminate in a strong, memorable debut that leaves the listener aching for more.

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