Holy Ghost! Discuss Their New DFA Album, ‘Dynamics’

Holy Ghost!
Holy Ghost!
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Here’s how confident Holy Ghost! are about their second DFA album: They’re saving James Murphy’s contribution to the Dynamics sessions for a B-side. Elsewhere, Neon Indian and Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan MacLean) contribute backing vocals, while the childhood friends at Holy Ghost!’s core (Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel) worry more about songwriting than their studio skills.

Or as Millhiser told Pitchfork, “Making that first record was…about figuring out what we wanted to be as a band. We learned how to engineer and produce–there were songs on that album where we recorded the drums five times. All that stuff was way easier this time around…As much as I’m proud of our first record, it’s not like it did so well that there’s this immense pressure to live up to it. It did just well enough that people are paying attention, so now we’re totally free to do whatever the fuck we want.”

Check out the first example of that attitude below, the summer-in-the-city single “Dumb Disco Ideas,” which is available now digitally through DFA. The album itself is expected later this year…