Ryan Philip Merry attributes his sound to outdated recording techniques, but his music is anything but passé. There’s a casual uniqueness to his Ghosts on Tape project that makes it difficult to describe, but Merry himself calls it “electro-dancehall-crunk-Reggaeton-turbo grime-tropical bootie-psychedelic-trax era Chicago house-garage-Miami bass-with lots of synthetic hand claps on basically every song.” Works for us. “Midnight Moves” and “Equator Jam” are particularly worthy of toe tapping, both of which pay homage to Africa’s musical roots. A little bit dancehall, a little bit techno and a little bit funky, Ghosts on Tape will be making it’s way through Seattle and Portland this weekend, stopping in at The Rendezvous on Thursday June 16th and Bubblin’ on Friday June 17th. If you’re from the San Francisco area however, he may just show up at a house party near you.
By: Carly Lewis