That forward motion keeps Ghost Detergent from sounding like a crowded mess. Donadio is adept at adding accents to his music that gather and build, but nothing gets in the way of his relentless, driving rhythms. It results in the most mixtape-style Prostitutes album yet, as most tracks start and end with a prominent, purposeful beat.
The densest cuts hearken back to the days when Prostitutes could be described as "technoise." Take the crunchy rattle of "Pressure On The Haunted," whose fuzzed throb shares the singed vibe of recent Container albums, or the coagulating percussion of the aptly named "Cheap Amplifiers." But there's more going on here than just beats run through a blender. Donadio has an ear for texture, though that's never the goal in and of itself. He's always careful to give each track an arc that unfolds like a wordless plot.
Sometimes those arcs are a little too on the nose, resulting in flows that struggle to surprise ("Served On The Floor" particularly feels like a string of leftover moves). But that's the exception on Ghost Detergent rather than the rule. More often than not, Donadio strikes the right balance between a sturdy, unwavering foundation that you can rely on and layers of sound and momentum that keep you guessing.