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Birth Of A Ghost
Released May 5, 2017
Recorded 2013-2016
Genre Classical
Length 24:26
Label Ipecac Recordings
Producer Omar Rodríguez-López
Omar Rodríguez-López solo chronology
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Birth Of A Ghost is the forty-seventh album by Omar Rodríguez-López as a solo artist, released on May 5, 2017, the same day as the fourth At the Drive-In record, their first in 17 years. It is the twenty-second release in the album series initiated by Ipecac Recordings, the tenth of the 2017 series. The album was produced and arranged by With Lions (Christian Celaya and Woody Ranere), recorded in Baltimore at Destiny Christian Church and Wrightway Studios by Steve Wright. The record was mixed at Wrightway Studios by Steve Wright and Woody Ranere and mastered by Alan Silverman at ARF Mastering, NYC. A short making-of documentary was planned for release sometime in 2017.

Original release schedule listed a different title, Invisible Chain Gang. It's unknown whether this title was meant for this album, or a different release altogether.

Original release date was April 21, 2017.

This was the first record of the Ipecac Series to not have a track uploaded in advance as a single as the label was anticipating a slight delay in releasing the remaining records planned for the year.

Track listing[]

All music composed by Omar Rodríguez-López.

No. Title Length
1. "Cactus and Honey" 2:35
2. "Echo Beast" 2:30
3. "A Good Kind Of Blue" 2:26
4. "Nuclear Mysticism" 2:23
5. "September" 3:15
6. "White Smack Cramps" 1:16
7. "An Old Lacquer-Tingled Tomb" 2:18
8. "Macro Mutations" 1:15
9. "Through A Glass Darkly" 3:10
10. "Thoughts And Ashes" 3:38


  • Omar Rodríguez-López – composer, piano, percussion
  • Christian Celaya – conductor, piano, percussion, dulcimer, engineering
  • Christian Howes – concertmaster, violin
  • Woody Ranere – percussion, production & arrangement, engineering
  • Josh Thomas – piano, engineering
  • Violins:
    • Ha-Young Kim
    • Christian Tremblay
    • Andrew Kwon
    • Daisy Rho
    • Arianna Schickel
    • Chi-Yin Chen
    • Ki Won Kim
    • Hilda Li
  • Violas:
    • Sun Young Lee
    • Cameron Raecke
    • Yuri Tomenko
    • Karin Kilper
  • Cellos:
    • Lavena Johanson
    • Georgiy Khokhlov
    • Elliot Yang
  • Laura Ruas – contrabass
  • Mike Kuhl – percussion, marimba
  • Ben Frock – trumpet
  • Nicole Connelly – trombone
  • Joan Hanley – flute
  • Kayla Cooper – clarinet
  • Alan Silverman – mastering
  • Steve Wright – engineering

Release history[]

Region Date Label Format
Worldwide May 5, 2017 Ipecac Recordings Digital download