Holy Ghost!, the NYC-based duo of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel, have confirmed news of a third album coming later this year on West End Records exclusively via Pitchfork. It will be the first full-length album of original music to be released on the iconic NYC disco label in more than 30 years.
The as-yet-untitled release is Holy Ghost!’s first full-length LP since 2013’s Dynamics (DFA). It will include the group’s recent shimmering single “Anxious” plus the sweeping two-part epic “Epton On Broadway (Part I & Part II)” (out on all DSPs). The track’s title is a nod to longtime Holy Ghost! collaborator Alex Epton (Neon Indian, David Byrne) and Bob Marley’s “Reggae on Broadway”. It features backing vocals from Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab.
“Lyrically, ‘Epton On Broadway’ is a bit of a choose your own adventure, explains Holy Ghost! frontman Alex Frankel. “But to me: The verses are lamenting the end of a really fun era – “All my favorite places closed” – “nostalgia for the laughs and the afterglow” – “making eyes with youth“ etc…. But the chorus addresses that we all actually want something less immediately entertaining but ultimately, well ideally, more sustainably fun. Sheesh. When you start talking about fun in relationship to sustainability you know you’re well into your 30’s… so be it.”
The forthcoming LP showcases a period of transition and creativity that now finds Holy Ghost! at the top of their game.
For a primer on the history of West End Records, check out “Where to Start with West End Records, the Influential Disco Label Set for Relaunch” (Pitchfork, November 2018).
Further album details will be revealed soon. Tickets are now available for select live shows, dates below.
About West End Records:
West End Records synonymous with 1970s NYC disco subculture and the launch of the 12-inch single format (see New York Times, “The Dawn of the ‘Disco Disk’”, June 10, 1979). The label was home to co-founder Mel Cheren (The Godfather of Disco), the legendary DJ Larry Levan (The Paradise Garage) as producer and remixer, and the aforementioned Tom Moulton. After releasing seminal early disco hits such as Loose Joints’ “Is it all Over My Face”, Taana Gardner’s “Heartbeat” and “When You Touch Me”, Peech Boys’ “Don’t Make Me Wait”, and Raw Silk’s “Do It To The Music” West End went on to have a second life providing many of the backbone samples for countless hip hop & pop singles of the 90’s & early aughts.
Upcoming Holy Ghost! Live Shows:
04-26 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04-27 Los Angeles, CA – Globe Theatre
05-03 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
05-09 Guadalajara, Mexico – Corona Capital at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez