Fans still reeling from the dissolution of Crystal Castles need no longer spend their days crying into their hoodies, because ABYSS, the new record from Pastel Ghost is here to fill the synth-shaped hole in your heart.
The album from the Oakland based artist is ten songs of propulsive, 8-bit-style sound effects and synth hooks gurgling beneath Vivian Moon’s heavily manipulated vocals.
“The overall theme centers around loneliness and longing,” Moon says of the album she wrote, produced, and recorded in her bedroom.
“I’m a very visual person too, so it was important to me that each song had its own distinct visual feeling/atmosphere. I see a lot of black and shadows when I listen to some of the heavier songs. Others feel bright and ethereal, some look holographic to me.”
That sense of alternating isolation and expansiveness is evident, as the tracks move from compressed and claustrophobic, to sun-kissed and celestial.
ABYSS is out tomorrow on Chicago’s 80s Ladies Records. Buy it here.