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Best Local Album 

Ghosty, by Ghosty

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There's not much of a barrier to making albums these days. You can record songs on your computer, make a Bandcamp page and, voilà, album. Of course, great albums are still rare, and great albums recorded with careful attention to detail and fidelity are rarer still. Which is why, when Ghosty released its self-titled third record this past spring, we put the trio on the cover of The Pitch and proclaimed that the album "might just be 2012's best." Guess what? We still think it is. Six months later, it's getting hella spins on our turntables. Ghosty works so well because at its core are two guys — frontman and songwriter Andrew Connor and bassist and recording engineer Mike Nolte — at the top of their game. (Drummer Bill Belzer ain't no slouch behind the kit, either.) The result is exactly the kind of indie-rock record we crave: wild but precise, soulful but complex. It is, in other words, the best of both worlds, and that's the type of thing we go for around here.

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