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Ganser is a Chicago-based band equal parts Space Odyssey and Ghost World. Ganser embraces a post-punk ethos with early synth music’s minimal intimacy, while drawing inspiration from visual language commonly associated with film and the shared art backgrounds of members Nadia Garofalo, Alicia Gaines, Brian Cundiff, and Charlie Landsman.
The band released both their first EP (Audrey) and second EP (This Feels Live Living) in the same year. The group began using cut-up techniques, adding an absurdist edge to their sound. Both EPs and advance single “Pyrrhic Victory” saw positive reception from from outlets like Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, CVLT Nation, and others. In addition, Ganser’s track “Strategies for Living” was placed on Gezellig Record’s ACLU benefit compilation Is There Another Language, and featured in Pitchfork, Spin, AV Club, and other publications.
In 2018, Ganser released their debut LP Odd Talk (via No Trend Records), to favorable coverage from The New York Times, Billboard, Stereogum, and other publications. Building on their dissociative disorder namesake, the music is sometimes frenzied ("PSY OPS"), sometimes contemplative ("Revel"), probing on questions of anxiety, intimacy, and avoidance. Ganser continues to make bright black music for space transmissions and panic attacks, recently releasing single "Pastel,” which led to their inclusion on numerous year-end lists.
The band toured the US in support of Odd Talk, playing multiple festivals (Athens Popfest, Cold Waves, Do Division, Ian’s Party), and performing with artists like Modern English, Thee Oh Sees, Ought, Snail Mail, Micachu and the Shapes, Daughters, Shopping and King Woman. Currently, Ganser is recording the follow-up to Odd Talk while performing in and around Chicago and the Midwest.