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Haunted by Ghosts started in 2004 when Joyce became obsessed with Postal Service and Dido. The album took quite a while; first lyrics, followed by some extensive electronics and programming, also loops for initial percussion. Of note, James Henriques unwittingly contributed guitar and vocoder recordings to the first cut when he was in the studio. The final cut is a long trippy ambient piece with odd time signatures.
A number of years passed, and we happened to sit down and listen to the album in the summer of 2011. It occurred to me that more recent influences (especially St. Vincent) would have resulted in a completely different mix. So the old tracks were resurrected and some new ideas were applied... the result was very appealing to both of us. The mastering wasn't finished until January of 2012.
This time around we've put the songs up on Soundcloud, for easier access and quick listening. Download them and share; we're very proud of this stuff. Please wait for the players to appear (depends on the speed of your internet access).!
:::: Always the Last One to be Told :::: A man chooses to visit his girlfiend after his death. She was initially alarmed, but then has a lot of questions to ask, now that he's appeared as a ghost in her hallway -- but not because she misses him!
:::: I'm in a Meeting :::: A former member of Corporate America returns to her old workplace as a silent ghost.
:::: By People Still Alive :::: A teenager commits suicide, but in the afterlife she realizes she made a terrible mistake. She returns to tell us that you can only change the world... when you're alive!
:::: Your Long Cold Life :::: A girlfiend visits an old flame in the future, but it's not to reminisce.
:::: It's a Sunny Day :::: The ghost, in this case, is a woman who is somehow transorted to her childhood. She sits down to dinner with her parents, who are unaware that she's returned as an adult inhabiting daughter's body. It turns out that it's difficult to be cynical as a girl -- even when it's a grownup -- when watching you mom and dad as a child.
:::: The Color of Bittersweet Clouds :::: The instrumental finale.