SOVIET – GHOSTS
on Sounds Red (CD/vinyl) / Burger Records (cassette) / Rosso Corsa (digital)
“Soviet rank among the very best of the synth-pop revivalists.”
“The time has come for Soviet creator Keith Ruggiero.”
—Sick Of The Radio
“(We Are Eyes, We Are Builders) is still a killer record which holds merits well beyond nostalgia value.”
Richly layered synth arrangements; poetic lyrics; sleek, sexy vocals; and a modern beat that hard-synchs with your heart: this is the sound of Soviet’s new album GHOSTS.
Both fresh and recognizable, these ten songs crackle and gleam like new and feel like a lost John Hughes original film soundtrack.
Full track listing:
1.) Onto Something*
2.) Mercy Seat
5.) She Talks
9.) Psychic City
10.) Symmetric Connection
* key tracks
Keith Ruggiero: vocals, synthesizers
Chris Otchy: synthesizers
Chaz Windus: synthesizers, drum programming
“Keith Ruggiero has always been the primary spirit behind life to Soviet. For the pure sound of GHOSTS’ his audio designs are mixed by Dave Trumfio (The Pulsars, OK Go, Wilco) and mastered by Robbie Bronnimann (Howard Jones, Midge Ure). Soviet’s initial encounter with fame came during the New York City Electroclash-era of the early aughts with the singles “Candy Girl” and “Commute.”
Having cut his teeth playing alongside acts like Fischerspooner, Stereo Total, and Adult, Ruggiero knows what makes people dance— and what makes them move in other ways. He’s spent the past ten years honing his skills as a Hollywood sound designer and composer, and you can hear it in the cinematic soundscapes of GHOSTS.
With phantoms of the Human League, China Crisis, Vangelis, M83, John Maus, and Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark this album picks off where those synth-gurus of the past few decades left off, for a new milieu that glories in glistening, blissful digital throbs and kisses.
Please experience what might be the most up-to-date and timelessly inspirational album of the year: Soviet’s GHOSTS.”
—L. Jeanette Stroke Parks, for Amorphous Media Agency