Rough Divide

by Mall Ghosts

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Here's the surprise album that I promised. For anyone who's been following me over the past few months, they'll have probably noticed that I feel deeply in love with Final Fantasy VIII. It was my first real FF game and, for what may be the first time since I started seriously playing games, I found one that forced me to reevaluate how I viewed games artistically. I'm also not ashamed to admit that it made me choked up multiple times. More time than any movie or book in recent memory. At a time when things felt (and to an extent still feel) really bleak, it was nice to feel something other than dread or worry. The score really helped and I was inspired to rerecord my interpretations of the songs.
In between working on our next release, Dragon, I started recording songs from Nobuo Uematsu's incredible soundtrack. The songs are roughly divided (see what I did there) between disintegrated ambient, warm synth instrumentals and more abstract drone pieces. Many of the songs were recorded by playing them first on a keyboard or piano, playing that through an amp or Television and then recording that through a microcassette dictation recorder. Those recorded on microcassette would then be recorded back into my computer where they would be treated. These pieces in particular have a fragile and distant sound that texturally sounds disintegrated and strange. It's warped, warm and sort of sad. I really love the sound I got out of it.


released January 8, 2017




Mall Ghosts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lo-Fi Duo from Philadelphia.
Seamus on Guitar/Vox/Keys
Diana on

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