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Palindrome

by Ghost Bag

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Twelve Hours 03:37
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Any Day 00:43
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Palindrome 03:24
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Dusk 01:56
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Lion 03:00
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Truth Is 02:36

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Ghost Bag is the recording alias of Nick Jongen. Born in the Netherlands in 1991 & currently residing in Berlin, Germany. This is his second release under the moniker Ghost Bag.

Palindrome​ was written and recorded in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil during an artist residency at Goethe Institute in January and February of 2019.
Following up on Jongen’s 2018 debut under the Ghost Bag moniker, ​Ghost Bag & Tine Fetz​ - an audiovisual collaboration with illustrator Tine Fetz - ​Palindrome​ is undoubtedly a solo effort. On this self-recorded documentation of his travels, Jongen reflects on the past, present, and worries about his future. Summoning rippling clouds of guitar textures punctuated by intricate finger-picking figures set the backdrop to his ethereal vocals, while synths rumble like a volcano in the distance.
Despite the option to use an in-house theatre space, this record was made almost entirely in the bedroom with just two mics and a small synthesizer brought from home, plus a worn out acoustic guitar purchased on site. Most days of his two-month stay were spent writing routinely, feeding monkeys from the kitchen window during breaks. On the song ​Lion​, a cellphone recording of Jongen lamenting on the beach at night plays in the background.

Flirting with dreams of redemption, fatalistic sentiments echo throughout. Jongen is able to catch a glimpse of the outside world, while the door remains locked. A cynic might say this record is a testament of personal alienation made under trade-wind tropical rainforest weather conditions. In his own words...

“M​aking this record was existential, painful, and existentially painful. Upon returning to Europe it went on to haunt me for over a year. Now, I’ve seemingly come to terms with it, making it available to everyone that’s willing to listen.​”

Enjoy ​Palindrome​: recorded in a bedroom with the curtains drawn on the other side of the world.

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released February 4, 2021

Written & recorded by Nick Jongen in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil Mixed by Nick Jongen in Maastricht, the Netherlands Mastered by Christian Bethge in Mannheim, Germany Photography & illustration by Tine Fetz Graphic design by Fabian Bremer Released on vinyl by Adagio830

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Adagio830 started in 1997 as a small distro out of my bedroom and a little bit later the first release has been out. The Cole Quintet LP got co-released with various other Diy Labels back then and since then we released tons of records by friends and I´m proud of everything single releases I did over the years.
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