SHE'S REALLY NOT ONLY MERELY DEAD

SHE'S REALLY MOST SINCERELY UNDEAD

These days, the United States of America feels like an empire in a rather late, decrepit stage. We are haunted by a Lady Liberty dead and drained of color; her glowing red eyes and torch symbolizing an undead nation we call the GHOST OF AMERICA. 

 

There is no demonic enchantment or science-fiction virus powering the mobility of this undead nation. So what is that force? Fear? Laziness? Selfishness? A mutant strain of post-war capitalism gone rogue? A globalist conspiracy? A nationalist conspiracy? Can we look this monster in its eyes? Is this a redeemable monster? Or must we create something else to believe in? What will we dream up while quarantined? 

GHOST OF AMERICA as a single / video kicks off a series of songs crafted while Benben and Nick were in quarantine, working with drummer/engineer Jonathan Smith. This collection will be released later this spring and continue the theme of lamentation. After this mourning period, SINCERE GIFTS intends to begin releasing a dragon's horde of recently crafted music filled with golden nectar. We hope you will enjoy taking the journey with us. 

SINCERE GIFTS is a bi-coastal transmedia art and music project founded by animator/singer Benben and sound installation artist and composer Nick Byron Campbell. The duo are joined by sonic sorceress Camellia Hartman (vocals/violin) and the inimitable Erica Marie Mancini (vocals/accordion). Once we can all take our face-masks off, we intend to stage our work in gallery settings, accompanied by a live performances. Check out @SincereGiftsMusic for daily postings of the illustrations created for this exhibition. 

BENBEN WIGLER
Sincere Gifts Co-Founder
NICK BYRON CAMPBELL
Sincere Gifts Co-Founder

PROJECT CREDITS

GHOST OF AMERICA - SONG

Written by Benben

Arranged by Nick Byron Campbell

Produced by Nick Byron Campbell and Benben

Performed by SINCERE GIFTS

Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Solo - Benben

Vocals, Lead Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar - Nick Campbell

Drums, Percussion, Additional Engineering - Jonathan Smith

Harmony Vocals, Synth - Erica Marie Mancini

Additional Engineering - James Byron Schoen

Spiritual Guidance - Camellia Hartman

Reality Bender - Mathias Kunzli

Flute - Eve Harrison

GHOST OF AMERICA - VIDEO

Featuring Footage from

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - Dir. Joseph Green

Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Dir. Roman Polansky

Ghandi (1982) - Dir. Richard Attenborough

Pulp Fiction (1994) - Dir. Quentin Tarantino

That Thing You Do (1996) - Dir. Tom Hanks

Kid Rock - American Bad Ass (2000)

Directed, Edited, and Animated by Benben Wigler

Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Affinity Photo

GHOST OF AMERICA - PORTRAITS

All portraits created by Ben Wigler

Software: Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Photo

Please visit @SincereGiftsMusic to view our daily illustration postings.

MOST SINCERE THANKS

Bridget Foley, Elisa, Diego, Michael Cuesta, Zach Nader, Alan Gordon, Dimitris Athos, Tim Kelly, Nick DiGregorio, Josh Wigler, Michael Falotico, Dima Drjuchin, Dmitry Kopytin, David Fine, Andrew Lund, Natalie Conn, The IMA MFA Program at Hunter, Mathias Kunzli, Stefan Zeniuk, Devin Lawrence and Samantha Aldana

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