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These Ghosts

by Tyne Darling

These Ghosts is the second, full-length studio release from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based, Tyne Darling. Powered by deconstructed hooks and melodic arrangements, These Ghosts is anchored in thoughtfully-crafted lyrics and genre-bending stylistic approaches. The nine songs that comprise These Ghosts metaphorically demonstrate how one's worldview can simultaneously shape and be shaped by one's own experience.

Tyne Darling is the musical and stage moniker for the writer and artist, Tommy Vollman, whose fiction and non-fiction has been published in magazines, journals, and other outlets in both the United States and Europe. Vollman’s forthcoming novel further blurs the lines between overlapping creative aspects. Conceptually, each song on These Ghosts is tied to a companion short story that explores embedded themes and constructs.

Recorded primarily on the road at spaces across America including Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmot, the St. James Hotel in New Orleans, and NYC’s Ludlow, These Ghosts showcases textures and dimensions that reflect the notion that while individual experiences are implicitly unique, aspects of the human condition push people toward recognizable faces, reminiscent landscapes and spaces, and messages seemingly heard before. As a result, a level of commonality emerges where individuals can find a certain sense of paradoxical stability within the very nature of change. The underlying message, then, is one of hope—an acknowledgement of the power to both affect and be affected by thoughts, actions, and experiences.

These Ghosts channels Tyne Darling's energetic and straightforward live performances and incorporates a multi-instrumental approach. The record’s arrangements echo its emotive and engaging tracks and leave room for both interpretation and introspection—devices welcome among the likes of genre-crossing writers such as Raymond Carver, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Didion, and Charles Baxter.  

Tyne Darling has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada, played festivals such as SXSW, Wakarusa, Midpoint Music, and CMJ, and supported the likes of Richard Buckner, Charlie Mars, Dale Watson, and The Bottlerockets. Tyne Darling’s music has been licensed for and appeared in television programs, films, and documentaries that have aired on MTV, VH1, Discovery Channel, Bravo, A&E, Oxygen, NFL and MLB Networks, and History Channel, among others.