"Ghost of Spatula" is the newest album recorded by queer Baltimore composer and producer Greg Hatem of the bands Natural Velvet and Moth Broth. A busy artist, Greg often has multiple projects in the works as well as a long history of exploring different aspects of his craft, from playing whispery folk to raging, loud post-punk. In "Ghost of Spatula", Greg has created a wonderfully stylized, instrumental album that is all at once cartoonishly playful and sentimentally evocative. The album features an abundance of human voice samples and synthesizers, drawing its inspiration from library music of the 1980s.
A bit about 80s library music from Greg himself: "Composers on labels like Parry Music and Coloursound were exploring the emerging digital technology very quickly, with the intention of quantity over quality in some cases. Quick tracks that were meant to be licensed for a buck. But every so often, their experiments would yield strange, quixotic, or otherwise queer records, begging existential questions like, "Who would license this? And for what?". It's these records, like Paul Williams' Aquarius or Joel Vandroogenbroeck's Digital Project, that are a major influence on "Ghost of Spatula". That and the death of my poor, burnt kitchen spatula."
released September 24, 2021
♫ Written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Greg Hatem in Baltimore, MD during Capricorn season 2020-21.
♫ Mastered by Angel Marcloid @ Angel Hair Audio - angelhairaudio.com
♫ Artwork by Liz Downing - lizdowningart.com
♫ Layout and design by Adam Wish-Werven
♬ Special thanks to Adam Wish-Werven, Liz Downing, Daniel Knef, Stephanie Barber, Garrett Stralnic, and Jason Charney