Dark Entries Editions coming through with the goods once again with this here reissue of “Ghost Town” - the 1984 debut 12-inch single from Italy's Mono Band.
The project was conceived by producer Rene ‘D’Herin and Massimo Fantinatiti aka Fantenax. They teamed up with songwriter and guitarist Luigi Venegoni aka Svengile who had previously worked with progressive and jazz-rock bands Arti & Mestieri and Venegoni & Co. as well as cosmic disco group Stratosferic Band. Treading the lines between Italo Disco and the darker side of New Wave, the trio crafted a mysterious sound.
Melancholic arpeggiators, a throbbing baseline, stuttering samples, and the classic Linn drum machine run throughout the track. Vocals were handled by an uncredited Carlo Rossi who raps about a ghost town filled with fear. When female vocalist Elena Sansonetti begins to softly whisper the chorus one might get goose bumps. The trio were joined in the studio by DJ Mike aka Michele Paolino of Make Up/Mike Up, DJ Moody, Fabrice Bellini of Art Fine and producer Miceli.
The song was recorded in a few days at Dynamo Sound Studio in Turin and originally released on the popular Discomagic Records.
This reissue includes the original vocal version, backed with a longer dubbed out instrumental “Ghost Version” on the B-side. All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.
Housed in an exact replica of the original sleeve with an astrological photo the planets orbiting the sun, each copy also includes a 2-sided postcard.
Format: 12-inch Vinyl
Label: Dark Entries
Released: March 2018