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They call themselves a band, but the Ghost Twin duo does more than play music.
Couple Karen and Jaimz Asmundson created the group three years ago, and they’re preparing to release their first full album, Plastic Heart, at the Good Will Social Club (625 Portage Ave.) on Fri., May 5.
They say that the group’s evolution happened naturally—they enjoyed creating and performing together, so they kept doing it.
"One of the things I got excited about was I wanted to start doing more live film performances and video performances, so when Karen’s band broke up, I had done a bit of that… I approached her about us doing something together," Jaimz said.
"We had done a film together a couple years prior… and we had made the songs and it was really fun."
Karen has had classical music training, while Jamiz’s experience in film adds another element to the stage. While they perform, videos are projected behind them in time to the music, which is already in a genre of its own.
"We just say dirty synth industrial Baroque gloom pop," Jaimz said. "I think that sums it up pretty clearly."
"I play guitar in the band and the guitar is kind of a supplemental item, it plays a few melody lines, it doesn’t take a centre role, which is different from some other bands, but it’s an important element," Karen added.
She also sings, while Jaimz provides back up, synth and the live video. He says the videos are made up of processed movie clips, some of which audiences will recognize.
"We kind of took a few hundred clips from a bunch of movies we’ve watched and movies that kind of aligned with the topics and aesthetic we were experiencing with the music so we’re trying to visually represent the lyrical content and the overall content of the songs with the visuals," Jaimz said.
"It’s all cut really fast and it’s triggered live so it goes perfectly along with the beat of the songs, and we process the visuals further with this analog synth that makes them look psychedelic."
It’s a full sensory experience. Karen said that after releasing their EP in 2015, she and Jaimz stopped to think about what they wanted for the future of their music and their first album.
"We decided if we’re going to put out more music we’d like to have vinyl records with a vinyl release, because we collect records," she said. "And we were thinking who else we would want to work with that would be a dream come true but is perhaps feasible and we wanted to work with Maya (Postepski) who is a drummer from Austra which is a band that inspired ours quite a bit."
Postepski was already familiar with Ghost Twin’s work and she agreed to produce Plastic Heart.
"We thought, let’s write a couple of songs together and we keep saying, what do we do next?" Jaimz said. "This has kind of taken over our lives."
After the launch at Good Will, Ghost Twin will be going on a two-week Canadian Tour.
For more info, visit ghosttwin.com
Community journalist — The Metro
Alana Trachenko was the community journalist for The Metro