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The Worlds We Made There

by More Ghost Than Man

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MDonaldson (8sided.blog) Rarely are texture and melody so seamlessly entwined, familiar but distant in a way that evokes world-building (perhaps the inspiration for the title?). Terry knocked this album out of the park and it's certain to get added to the 'future classic' category for anyone lucky to hear it. Damn. Favorite track: Demons for the Void.
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Lemniscate 04:09
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I'd live a thousand lives, just to be with you I'd lay love on the line, just to see it through I sleep leaning on this line, just to dream of you I'd die one thousand times, if I needed to if I needed to
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11811 03:18 video
I would pay to watch it all burn down one one eight one one one one eight one one the infinitely angelic I would pay to watch it all burn down I would pay to wash it all away one one eight one one the infinitely angelic three, thirty one, one twenty seven eleven thousand eight hundred eleven I would pay to watch it all burn down I would pay to wash it all away
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This could be a rescue mission Or this could a heist gone bad You could be the answer baby You could the best I ever had Last train running Full steam paranoid Last man gunning Trading Demons For The Void This could be a gift from heaven Or this could be the pathway to hell You could be the devil baby All we need is time enough to tell A grave decision Walking dead among the youth A liars vision One last chance to tell the truth Light up the pyre See it glow against the hill A signal fire For the thing you came to kill The lone defector From the death that you enjoyed A sole protector Trading demons for the void
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OnaFly 03:23
blood flows like a river it's a neverending battle innit bruv blood is never ending it's the price of the battle innit bruv hate is the demon that you need let it lead you to love Future The youth gets use of new love, Computers, situational rulers and couth Well into the paranormal day Does one decide to push the limits of attention to the grays, or truth. This future now is paid by the suits, obeyed by the mutes, and praised by the common who want no problems with the two. Or you... They screaming liberty ain't close to freedom, just a toast to old dominion. Trust no one of known opinion. Repave the road to living defined to box out the mentions of peeling the onion back appropriate to show for healing. Feelings.. What about that ceiling we was capping at? Attached to pain and suffering like mouse to trap... Who's asking for some space to train against the grain when constantly we source the game... No more freebies on our hearts to mame, we charging mayne. Those who make decisions on your struggle trust your vow to pain Those who make decisions on your loss of you say bow to pain Those who want your glory Allow the pain Those of you who worry About the pain give up the fight for now in vain
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Sloganeering 03:59
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about

Over the past year, we haunted our houses. Locked down and locked in, we were like invisible, floating spirits helplessly watching the world pass. We had to find a way to cope, to deal with the frustration, confusion, and often fear that ruled our days. For Terry Grant, recording as More Ghost Than Man, this state inspired him to reassess the direction of an album near completion. It's not that The Worlds We Made There — initially scheduled for last year — would have sounded that much different. But this new world, with all its trauma and baffled expectations, called for a different kind of album. So Terry sunk himself back into it for the entirety of our pandemic year. Re-make, re-model.

Polymathic musician Terry Grant envisioned More Ghost Than Man in a separate territory than his pre-existing discography (which includes vocal collaborations with dance music luminaries like John Digweed and Luke Solomon). More Ghost Than Man is grittier, darker, and explores in-between spaces. Most of all, it's a chance to come clean and survey the fringes. More Ghost Than Man also blends the growing influence of film on Terry's art, as songs follow his movie visions suggestively and, as in 2019's So Soon The Dark, literally. Take his songs as mind movies realized, but the footage now seems scratchier and increasingly sourced from covert surveillance. 


That brings us to The Worlds We Made There, the second long-playing effort from More Ghost Than Man. It's an album that began with confidence back in the distant year of 2019, but the jarring shift into the new decade infused it with uncertainty and absurdity. The songs feel vibrant and lush, filled with intimate textures that shimmer with warmth, but there's an undeniable tension. Uncomfortable emotions lie under the surface. "I blame the majority of it on the stress of living through a catastrophic tornado," explains Terry, who resides in Nashville. "As well as a pandemic that destroyed the industries I was a part of and a particularly terrible election year — all at once. I was genuinely angry, and I used that energy to write the album. It ended up a shout into the void about the way the world seems to be falling apart at the seams."


But Terry's anger-channeling serves as a dramatic push-and-pull with the otherwise spacious and, yes, beautiful sounds found on The Worlds We Made There. Let us consider "11811," which pulsates like a sort of techno-rhumba, as nimble bass guitar riffs dance around the rhythm and Terry angelically sings above it all. It's only upon closer listening does one decipher Terry's lyrics: "I would pay to watch it all burn down."


"Demons for the Void" is also a highlight, with its heart-pump rhythm, restrained but evocative vocal, and swampy slide guitar, all coming together like Massive Attack hanging out in a bayou. Terry's vocals integrate seamlessly with layers of atmospherics and mood sweeps on the leisurely soaring "A Penny Sitter." And Swamburger, lead MC of the Orlando collective Solillaquists of Sound, makes a surprise appearance on "OnaFly." This cut showcases the experimental reach of Terry's production as he assimilates and twists apart a UK grime influence, spinning this quotation into pure beats and flash.


The other six cuts on The Worlds We Made There maintain this tug-of-war between sleekness and intensity. Says Terry, "Even the pretty songs are a yelling match between myself and the aether." It's a lovely sort of tension, like the one humming amongst the beauty of those things that make our world bearable. The ghosts we live with every day are the ones murmuring below the surface.

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releases September 24, 2021

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More Ghost Than Man

More Ghost Than Man is the alter ego of producer Terry Grant. A convenient fiction under which to explore the marriage of electronic production and traditional musicianship.

Soft electric piano and warm synths float atop deconstructed drum breaks and skittering percussion, as staccato guitar and dark voices from the edge combine to gently remind you that you are, in fact, still human.
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