Damon And Naomi With Ghost Damon And Naomi With Ghost on LP + Bonus 7"
Featuring Damon Krukowski & Naomi Yang of Galaxie 500 Together with Ghost's Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara
Damon & Naomi with Ghost fills an empty space in the continuously flowering discography of Damon & Naomi. It was back in 1995 that Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang first met Ghost. They felt an immediate kinship and soon plans were afoot to collaborate in some way, but it wasn't until the year 2000 that they encountered Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara in the studio. The sonic trip they embarked upon was a revelation for all concerned.
Alongside Kurihara's singular guitar style, Batoh increased the peace in the mix, placing colorful and organic sounds within the dreamy conceptions of Damon & Naomi, mixing an ever-greater sense of deep space into the already massive songs. A shared sympathy for folk music informed the session as well. This in no way prefigured the back-to-folk movement of the coming decade, as the natural qualities of Damon & Naomi with Ghost exist out of time, today as then.
It makes this record sound just as new today as it did over 15 years or so back. This is part of the magic of Damon & Naomi with Ghost. In the years since then, Kurihara has become a part of Damon & Naomi, touring and playing with them on all their recordings. Damon And Naomi With Ghost is back in print on vinyl in 2015 with a bonus 7" courtesy of Drag City!
"If the soaring arc of Damon and Naomi's melodies intersecting with Ghost's earthly meditations doesn't bring a tear to your eye, there's a chance you are already dead. This is mountain-peak listening par excellence. PS - And I don't consider the mountain-peak comment hyperbolic. I have actually listened to this record on a mountain-peak!" - Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance)