Silver Ghost Shimmer have taken the wrapping off their first video for their debut release, “Soft Landing.” The project of legendary producer and engineer, John Fryer, and singer Pinky Turzo, Silver Ghost Shimmer hit the sweet spot with this track. Here’s what we said when we made “Soft Landing” our Track of the Day:
John Fryer has a long history making and shaping music. Look on the back of the sleeves of the most important releases from the Mute or 4AD stables from the 1980s and his name will probably pop up as an engineer or producer. Speak and Spell? He was there. Upstairs at Erics? Yep. Head Over Heels? Check. Pump Up the Volume? Mmm-hmm. Not to mention his work in This Mortal Coil and The Hope Blister, nor his role in putting Nine Inch Nails over the top. Fryer’s been at the coal face when musical history was made so many times that it’s of immense interest when he has a new project to share. In this case, it’s a shiny, dark number with Pinky Turzo on vocals, layering delicate and spiky sounds like the finest muslin draped over thistles. Silver Ghost Shimmer cite 1960s pop acts like The Shangri Las as influences, but they have a post-punk pedigree like no other.
Fryer is one of the featured guests at Cold War Night Life’s event, A Secret Wish, on 19 April 2015 for those in London.