Today we are pleased to join forces with Ceiling Spirits for the premiere of his new single “Ultraquiet,” the second release from the upcoming sophomore LP, ALPHA HELIX. The track explores the excesses of calm, the tyranny of tranquility, the abandoned space of usual happenings as guitar and modular analog synth create a sonic geometry that both evolves in scale and abruptly shifts in conformation.
The story of Ceiling Spirits ironically begins in a basement. For years guitarist Mario Quadracci would steal any moment he could to retreat to his cellar studio and try to coax the sound he was hearing in his head through his amplifiers. It took a while, but slowly, frustratingly slowly, something began to click. Without other musicians to lean on, Quadracci figured out how to create an ensemble of timbres using just guitar, effects, analog synths and unconventional playing techniques. From the beginning his aim was to create a musical force that could be alternately ferocious and elegiac, soaring and sparse, but always decentralized in focus from its source: himself. Adopting the moniker, Ceiling Spirits helped, but it was the screenings of self-produced films at performances that completed the illusion.