THE GHOST IS DANCING with BURN PLANETARIUM at the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (December 20), 10 pm. $5. 416-763-9139.
Word on the street is that local indie rock ensemble the Ghost Is Dancing is putting the finishing touches on what should be an album of note in 2009.
Tentatively titled Battles On, the long-player was recorded over the past month with producer Chris Stringer (The Coast, We're Marching On) and is slated to drop sometime in April on Sonic Unyon.
"Working with Chris was challenging, but that's exactly what we wanted," says keys player Odie Ouderkirk.
"We recorded our last record on Toronto Island with Dale Morningstar, who was a really laid-back go-with-the-flow guy. Chris wants everything to be perfect, and he never settles; he always has us trying new ideas."
A quick sampling of some rough mixes confirms this. Right now Ouderkirk says the group is leaning toward a track called Profiles for the lead single. Its tight two-part vocal harmonies and a massive, singalong pop hook in the chorus make it plain that TGID have evolved into a more streamlined unit since releasing their debut, The Darkest Spark, back in 2007.
"This record will be a lot tighter. Last time we were just throwing stuff together. We're more experienced now."