Render Ghosts (London/Utrecht) make soaring, kinetic tunes that take synth pop into the 21st century.
This is the first coming together of three musicians who individually make wildly different music — A singer-songwriter who until now has sung in Dutch, a classically-trained composer of chamber pop masterpieces, and a sound artist who uses buildings like Tower Bridge as instruments.
The result is Render Ghosts, who inhabit the spaces between Gracey and Everything Everything, Erasure and St Vincent.
I am afraid of my future
I feel displaced in my own skin
I'm not giving you the desire you desire
Tom Wilson and Tamara van Esch’s lyrics map out the disorientation of human relationships in a digital world. Iain Chambers’ rich, synth-heavy soundscapes emerge from interlocking melodies and propulsive beats, occasionally allowing his musique concrète roots to impishly show through.