Magnetic Ghost – “Delete”


Released today, and touting a haunting sound akin to Radiohead and Fleet Foxes, “Delete” is a track from Minneapolis-based project Magnetic Ghost. “Delete” comes from the excellent album Pixels, also released today. Andrew Larson, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind the project, impresses with atmospheric and melodic abilities. Pixels is full of songs with interesting structural turns and aesthetic creativity, with “Delete” being a quality embodiment of those traits. A cinematic-sounding synth lingers in the background and acoustical strums lead, with vocals eventually accompanied by gentle piano-based caressing past the one-minute mark. The song’s second half is a showcase in textural beauty, especially past three minutes in, when the melody begins to assume a darker tint. Thom Yorke vibes are particularly prominent around 03:30.

Alongside the vocals of Holly Habstritt-Gaal, Larson shows his multi-instrumental talents throughout the album, with vocals, acoustic, electric, and bowed guitars, pedal steel, synth, bass, percussion, and drums all included. The album spans many memorable efforts, from baroque-shoegaze hybrids like “Reality Distortion Field” to the soaring experimental-pop of “Does It Dream?” and the swelling atmospheric effervesence of “Digital Natives.”

Stream Pixels on Spotify.

“Delete” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Folk.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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