Boomkat Product Review:
One of the best things to emerge from the Upset The Rhythm camp of late, Former Ghosts' New Love finds the Freddy Ruppert-fronted project returning with a new full-length - yet again calling upon the collaborative talents of Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus), this time adding Yasmine Kittles (of LA band Tearist) to the personnel roster. Ruppert's sound is a fizzy and raw take on synth-pop that's probably just as indebted to punk and the eloquently angsty electronics of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (or indeed Xiu Xiu) as it is more conventional electronic fare, with clicky, brittle electronic workouts like 'New Orleans' packing a massive emotional punch. 'Chin Up' is a real barnstormer, endowed with a scorching, distortion-flecked lead vocal from Ms Jesus and a riotous electronic production that thumps and tears at its own fibres. Following up, there's some top notch cold-wave wrangling with 'And When You Kiss Me' and 'Right Here'... New Love turns out to be quite a gem.