Second album ready for release: Local artist spends year working on unique album; “Ghost” drops Friday

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JENNA GILBERT
Staff Writer

By JENNA GILBERT
Staff Writer
As many musicians know, putting out an album takes a lot of hard work and many hours of dedication. While many groups have more than one person to work on the creation of on album, one local man has taken on the task of creating a full album and book mostly on his own.
Nathan Pyles, a St. Marys native, is setting up to release his second album “Ghost” under his bands name “Ancestors Index.” What makes this album even more unique is that it isn’t just a collection of songs. Together, the songs, along with a photography book, tell a unique story Pyles created.
“It’s a concept album based on a story that about a woman’s life. She goes from, like most people, living in a rural area where it’s very boring and dull, and she has aspirations of becoming a model,” he said. “She does become one and her life kind of spirals ...
“A lot of it is, not completely, but is based around Kate Moss’ life. They’re not a parallel to each other but they’re inspired by each other.”
According to Pyles, Moss’ unique start into the modelling industry and her trials and tribulations were something he found interesting and took those aspects to create his own story of a girl from rural America and create her journey to fame. He added that he spent a few weeks researching Moss but spent much more time designing the concept.
“I would say it took about a year to get it solid and completely how it is,” he explained. “And then after that it was recording and the music and the rest of it.”
The knowledge of concept albums — muisc that tells a complete story from start to finish — is nothing new to the young musician, as many of the artists that he admires have also created some themselves. His big inspiration to create his own came after listening to an album by Steven Wilson called “Hands. Cannot. Erase.” He called the album, “one of the best,” he has heard recently.
He also wanted to create one because it isn’t something he sees many local musicians doing and wanted to try something out of the ordinary.
To create the picture book that helps portray the story of the girl seeking stardom, Pyles reached out to a local photographer from Celina named Wade Hawk — who works with Hawk Eye Photography in Celina.

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