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Ghost Society

Ghost Society is a poetic pop noise group formed by its two front members Sara Savery and Tobias Wilner. Both are well known for their various other projects, including solo and film work and the groups Bichi, Blue Foundation and the Morr Music act People Press Play. Savery and Wilner started writing some songs together during a 1 month stay in Barcelona which then led to the making of their full length album entitled “The Back of His Hands, Then The Palms”. This took place at their former studio in Copenhagen, DK, where the two of them did all the recording, producing and mixing together. Savery and Wilner have recently moved their studio to Brooklyn, NY, where they also live and create their art.

Ghost Society features Tobias Wilner on guitar and Sara Savery on bass, and the two also share lead vocals. Other recording artists on the album are drummer Lasse Herbst (Choir Of Young Believers) and guitarist Frederik Sølberg (former member of Lake Placid). Jonas Bjerre (Mew) is featured on backing vocals on “Twisted Mind”.
So far, Lasse, Frederik and Damon Tutunjian (The Swirlies) have been joining them on tour.

The album has a very personal and distinct sound from beginning to end sparked by strong, melodic, intelligent songwriting and storytelling. With great emphasis on melody Wilner and Savery are setting up the album tracks like a series of poems. All the songs are written, performed, mixed and produced entirely by Savery and Wilner. “We wanted to create a record based entirely on our own musical and visual perspectives” Wilner and Savery explain. Even the art work was created in the hands of Savery.

There are a lot of rich, shimmering textures of distortion as on the catchy song “Better Days” or on “Love Love”, the latter where Savery also plays drums. In contrast to the more layered songs there’s the hauntingly simplistic and breathtaking one-take-song “The Fool” with just vocals (performed by Savery), one guitar and synths. Listen to “Twisted Mind” (featuring Jonas Bjerre, Mew, on backing vocals) as another example where Wilner takes the lead on vocals and unfolds a captivating story about betrayal, with Herbst’s slow and drone-like groove, emphasizing the story being told.


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