Ed Ghost Tucker is a four-piece Indie/World/Pop group from San Diego, all of whom have played music together since childhood. They blend three-part vocal harmonies over melodic instrumentation and rhythmic syncopations. They have been described as ‘eclectic, world-influenced pop’ á la Grizzly Bear, and Vampire Weekend, and we can’t say we disagree.
We definitely think that they are one of our favourite Indie breakout acts of the moment. We got the chance to touch base with guitarist Rutger Rosenborg to get to know them a bit better, and discuss their latest EP titled Channels, which you can stream below:
Who is Ed Ghost Tucker?
We are four childhood friends from San Diego, and we dabble in a variety of forms of pop music from doo-wop to new wave and art-rock to world-pop.
Who came up with the name? What does it mean?
The name came to us randomly one day in the form of a business transaction at a veterinary clinic, and we chose it because it sounded similar to this other, previous name we had chosen. So, at that moment, it “felt” right. I think the name means less than the spontaneous circumstances that led us to it.
You recently released your first EP titled “Channels”, take us through your process of writing, recording and producing this album. At what point did you feel comfortable finalizing and delivering the product?
The process was rather like putting a puzzle together for eight months, which reflects the aesthetic of the EP itself. We pieced different parts together in both the writing and recording processes and often both processes overlapped. For example, “Mom Got Fat” was primarily recorded at a studio (Lower Warehouse recording), but we added a lot of aspects to the song where we recorded a lot of the other songs: at Ryan’s house, Rutger’s house, and our friend Dan’s house. Producing the EP ourselves gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted to do, and over the span of eight months, we added pieces to each song, took them away, changed rhythms, melodies, and harmonies. It was a constant process of editing. That’s why each song and the project as a whole are densely packed with varied fragments of the past and the present.
When we write, we do it spontaneously and intuitively. After we’ve written something, we can get pretty methodical about editing it. Sometimes we think about it too much. We’re constantly making adjustments to rhythms, harmonies, lyrics – even entire structures. I think we’re just very wary of homogenization and calling any form complete. It can be a terrifying feeling to know that, for all intents and purposes, what you are creating will be reproduced, heard, and experienced in a more uniform manner than ever before. It’s a phenomenon in art (music especially) that’s incredibly recent, and it has everything to do with technology and digital/mechanical reproduction. Whether consciously or not, I think we are constantly struggling with how to come to terms with this. One of my favorite epigraphs to a book is from E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey: “A work of art is never finished. It is merely abandoned.” It’s taken us two years to finally abandon these songs.
Which track stands out the most from the album? Why?
Because each track is so unique in its own way, I don’t know that any of the tracks stand out most to us. In fact, it’s hard to understand any one of these songs without considering them within the context of the whole.
What are the type of people you imagine listen to your music?
I don’t like to consider people as “types,” so I would imagine a vast array of people listening to our music. By that I don’t mean a lot of people, but a wildly diverse group of people (culturally, intellectually, emotionally, etc.).
What do you envision for 2015? What’s your plan?
2015 is pretty wide open for us right now. By summer, we plan on recording another 6 songs and releasing them with Channels on vinyl. After that, we’ll do whatever inspires us most, whether that’s touring, writing, or recording.
You can check out more from Ed Ghost Tucker right here: