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Tiny Ghosts Are Breaking Language Barriers and Hearts In New Song "AmorAmor"

We got to chat with Eric Morgan and Dayan Marquina also known as Tiny Ghosts about their latest, all Spanish, single "AmorAmor" and here's what they had to say.

Photo: Graham Morrison

D: Dayan Marquina

E: Eric Morgan


What inspired you guys to record a song in all Spanish? How did the writing/record process differ from making a song in English?


D: Eric suggested it, and I’ve always loved the idea of singing in my first language so it was perfect.


E: For recording, since we had the instrumentation already for LoveLove, we really only had to focus on vocals. Actually, it was a last-minute session we added to our April tracking before Dayan had to head back to Brooklyn. We had finished tracking "Grasp of Me" and another upcoming song with our vocal producer Alyssa Wilkens that had gone really well, and we had been talking about doing this song in Spanish so spur of the moment, she squeezed Dayan in and knocked out the vocals in a couple of hours before she flew back. I did just a small amount of post-production on the instruments to make it slightly different and then sent it off to our friend Jesse Clasen to mix — which in the end I prefer to the original ‘LoveLove’ mix.


Dayana you had said about the song, “Heartbreak sometimes happens in slow motion with a back-and-forth trying to put the other at serve. This gave me the idea to turn to a tennis metaphor and both being at zero - LoveLove”. Do you guys often find that a lot of your song ideas come from metaphors?


D: I would say yes and no. "LoveLove" just happened to magically work out the way it did, as for our other songs I would say "Grasp of Me" would fall under that category and perhaps a "Different Light" and "Ado." Usually the ideas for the subjects of the songs are discovered in my process of writing the lyrics to Eric’s songs, I start thinking of something I’ve been wanting to get off my chest and either write them very direct or sometimes write them very diluted with hidden meanings and full of metaphors, depends how discrete I want to be.



Photo: Graham Morrison

What made you guys decide to go with a more dancey beat considering that the lyrically it is about a relationship that didn't work out? You had used an all guitar build for the main textures in the song and a long chain of downshifting delay pedals, was this something you knew you wanted to do going into the song or did it just work out naturally that way?