forceghost has released their debut video and single titled ‘triangles’ from their upcoming album ‘unknowing the known’.
Brief but ever so sweet, ‘triangles’ aims high with electro lofi featuring an almost constant hook and bending synth line that literally never leavers your mind, but that’s a good thing, with a synthastic way about it that becomes as endearing as it is entertaining. The perfect gateway drug for a getaway album.
Our first single and video “triangles” was inspired by my love of the major seventh chord. It became an inside joke and Marcus created the basis of the song in an attempt to be simple in form yet complex in modulation while echoing dance music in its feel and composition. Although the song is brief, it feels like it could go on and on forever.
The lyrics became a self reflecting thought about climate issues and the emergence of it in the public most recently. I’ve always held a deep realization of this truth and this song channels that into a new hope. The song also pairs the climate concern in finding a way to deal with a recent lost love and the heartbreak at the same time. In essence, the lyrical content of the song is about coming to the conclusion that rethinking how you deal with things is the only way to get through it. Unknowing the known.
The video came about in a different way. Matthew Buzzell is a good friend and longtime collaborator. He wanted to make a music video for us so I let him listen to all the songs and he was most drawn to this one. Taking from the lyrics, he connected the current climate worries and coming of age anxieties within a young person in these times. The video features my son Fin who is running and contemplating all these emotions and thoughts. The simple imagery overlaps with sensory perceptions that allow the protagonist to come to the conclusion everything will be OK in time. It’s all in time.
Eric Kinlaw (Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Sound Design) and Marcus Barfield (Production/Sound Design) are forceghost, an electronic psych duo based out of Augusta, GA. Both members sport a long list of previous bands and projects, but are elated to be bringing forceghost into its fullest realization.
After their initial formation in 2019, time and circumstance have led to the reshaping of the band into its current form. forceghost is the product of impromptu jam sessions, free form experimentation, and friendship. Many years of musical evolution and collaboration between the duo have culminated into a sound both piercingly focused, and kaleidoscopic in scope and texture. Creamy guitars, soaring synths, sharp drums, and hauntingly beautiful vocals will leave the listener enveloped in a radiant afterglow.
The band’s live set more than delivers on the promises made by their recordings, only serving to further immerse the audience in their sonic rollercoaster. Their minimalist stage presence allows the crowd to focus on the soundscape being set before them, free from any audacious distractions. When looking back on forceghost’s set, you are unlikely to be able to keep your mind from running wild.
All previous recordings have fallen by the wayside. This is the definitive starting point for forceghost. With the release of their debut EP, “unknowing the known,” the band hopes listeners find themselves enriched by their listening. Come apart and put yourself back together with forceghost.
About the album
After a year of focused work, forceghost is pleased to release their debut EP, “unknowing the known.” This short but dense set of tracks sports a myriad of influences. In addition to the band’s electronic psych sound, sharp improvisational jazz elements will regularly cut into the fray, injecting a sense of chaos into the otherwise lush soundscape. Nothing’s left untouched. Six densely packed tracks will take you to the center of a black hole and back. With deeply personal themes of loss, conflict, and rejuvenation, forceghost hopes their audience finds that it is okay to completely fall apart and that it is okay to completely start over. Above all else they hope you enjoy your time with, “unknowing the known.”