Former Ghosts is the brainchild of Freddy Ruppert, shored up by the inimitable talents of wormwood-rising star Niki Roza Danilova, a.k.a. Zola Jesus, and the deft old hand of Xiu Xiu‘s Jamie Stewart, both of whom independently stole the show during the joint tour of all three groups. New Love is an interesting album for those who’ve been mining the the seam represented by Cold Cave, Zola Jesus, and other company crossing an interest with 80s goth & coldwave, leftfield disco, and newer generation bedroom pop & laptop electronics. No doubt there’s an EP’s-worth of gems buried here that are worth returning to, but for the most part, New Love resembles its thematic obsession: it’s a strained affair.
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