“It’s called See You Later Simulator,” Aaron Behrens says of Ghostland Observatory’s first new album in eight years.
“I’ve always been on the sci-fi edge of things, which is just a reflection of being a child of the ’80s and growing up with video games and computers, but also remembering a time before those things were common. I think all of that comes into play on this record. It’s a real comment on what’s going on right now, and on trying to figure out what’s reality and what’s a S̳͎̯̞i̩̺̗̖mu͚͔͖̦̻ͅl̛̰̭̦͈̪͙à̙͕̮t̢i̦̝̹̟̹͎̠o͈͓̙̞̱n̙͚̥͇.”
The band found the seed of the record in the material that they’d begun to cut casually during their recent hiatus. “It’s like, the water’s always there on tap, all you’ve gotta do is just open it up.” explains Behrens. The reunited twosome worked together with m̵ax͜i͠mum̀ ̨ef̢fįc̴iȩnc͘y and minimum fuss. “The set-up was very stripped-down,” says Turner. “I had a small console, a sampler and a piano, and Aaron had a guitar and a vocoder thing, and we just fired up the m̡̤̻͙̪ͅa̲̜̜̪c͘h̻̹̳̠ͅi͘n̷̮͔̝e̮̮s̵̪͈̱ and did it.”
With a musical sensibility that incorporates Behrens’ interest in rock, country, and psychedelia as well as Turner’s love for avant-garde e͡ĺect͘r͟o͜ni҉ca̷ and analog disco-thump, the resulting album ranks with Ghostland Observatory’s most ambitious and accessible works. Tracks like “Paradise Lost,” “Permanent Vacation” and “Miss Abyss” deliver both uplifting electro-dance-rock and a loose but absorbing storyline that isn’t likely to interfere with the sweaty intensity of Ghostland Observatory’s upcoming live shows.
“We worked hard on this record, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come,” Behrens concludes. “This is our rebirth, the phoenix rising from the ashes, and we have no plans to slow down. We’re stepping out of the weird s̸im̸ul̨àti͝on we’ve been in, and coming back into the world for the beginning of round two.”
Ghostland Observatory is Aaron Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner. See You Later Simulatoris out XXXXX via Megaforce Records.