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Unborn Ghost
Airs of Contempt and Derision

13-song album

Formats: LP / CD / Cassette
Released: 2023
Total running time: 43:09

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Artist's website: UnbornGhost.com

  1. Sketch One
  2. A Lamentable Series of Poor Life Decisions
  3. Acute Adverse Psychological Reaction to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
  4. White Guilt Parade
  5. The Worm at The Demon Core
  6. Federal Government Functionary
  7. Sketch Two
  8. Histrionic Personality Disorder
  9. Sketch Three
  10. Richard Cory
  11. Go Fuck Yourself (Go Fuck Yourself)
  12. Sketch Four
  13. The Black Pill

All songs written and performed by Unborn Ghost, and published by Discriminate Audio Publishing (BMI); except for "Richard Cory" written by Paul Simon and published by Paul Simon Music.


This is the debut album from Unborn Ghost, and features appearances by Ralph Gean, Little Fyodor, Vadge Moore, and members of The Partridge Family Temple.

Produced by Howard Karp and Brian M. Clark. Recorded by Brian M. Clark at Unpop Studio in Denver, Colorado. Mixed and mastered by Howard Karp in Los Angeles, California. Cover artwork by Hello the Mushroom.

The vinyl LP edition of this album is pressed on blue "smoke" vinyl with light pink "splattered" vinyl (limited to 500 copies); the cassette tape edition is manufactured in a black plastic shell case with printed silver lettering (limited to 100 copies); and the compact disc edition is presented as a matte finish CD Digipack.


    "The Unborn Ghost LP is phenomenal. Fucking incredible. ... one of my favorite albums of 2023."
          - Peter Thomas Tanski, The Book Of Very Very Bad Things (Scranton, PA, USA)

    "It's somewhere between post-punk, darkly psychedelic noisy rock, experimental electronic stuff with samples; and all around creative in delivering portraits of moods and ideas that one finds out in American society in this moment."
          - Thomas Murphy, Queen City Sounds and Art (Denver, CO, USA)

    "Beautiful and powerful."
          - Leonardo Casas, Estrellita Mía (Santiago, Chile)

    "Airs of Contempt and Derision deals with topics and themes most musicians and artists would steer clear of ... delivered with a scathing and cutting wit, backed by dark rock arrangements absorbing elements of everything from psych, doom, industrial and garage, interspersed with experimental piano based interludes. ... [It's] an album which derides and shares contempt for behaviours, choices and conditions ... the topics seem current ... and Airs of Contempt and Derision offers a rare, if not directly critical, take on a world that is sometimes hard to fathom."
          - Tony Dickie, Compulsion (Johnstone, Scotland)

    "This new record from Unborn Ghost ... is excellent. ... I've listened to it a bunch. ... It would be dramatic to call Airs Of Contempt And Derision a difficult listen, but it fits. There's a cinematic quality to the record and depth abounds, but what may act as a deterrent is the variety. Jumping into Unborn Ghost might be too obscure for a casual music fan. On the contrary, fans of noise-rock and more experimental (not prog) styles of guitar music, will likely latch onto what is truly an enveloping listen. Perhaps the circumstances of exposure will matter when play is pushed on the first listen, but the ride is worth the currency, whatever it costs."
          - Dan Craley, Getting It Out (Lancaster, PA, USA)

    "Airs of Contempt and Derision is a dark and sonically varied album."
          - Josh Griffiths, The Aither (Sidney, Australia)

    "As I let this record play I was more and more impressed by how well it was produced. ... Some of it is a little over-the-top and dramatic but the production is pretty flawless."
          - Ryan Nichols, Razorcake (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

    "While the music shifts from post punk to to stoner doom to electronic/experimental, it fits very well in the Gothic/Goth Metal category. ... Not your typical Gothic/Goth Metal album, but it certainly has its plusses."
          - Steve Mecca, Chain D.L.K. (Elmira, NY, USA)

    "Airs of Contempt and Derision ... features 13 songs driven by a mix of Gothic, Dark-Wave and Psychedelic passages. The main atmosphere hanging over the songs ... [is] pretty Halloween-like ... and remind[s] me of horror movies. ... Solid guitar play inject[s] power into the work."
          - Stephane Froidcoeur, Side-Line Magazine (Tienen, Belgium)

    "A concentrate of daily disgust poured along thirteen tracks of electronic gloom and austere electric guitars to the address of a primitive black and white rock. Airs of Contempt and Derision reminds us—for the umpteenth time and to the nth degree—how much America sucks and how much suffering and discipline are necessary to survive it with the intent to maintain a shred of dignity. Is this the soundtrack that ushers in the fall of the 'Great Satan'?"
          - Max Ribaric, Occidental Congress (Trieste, Italy)