Friday, June 12, 2015

OTHER CHANNELS AND SEANCE AT HOBS LANE VINYL RE-ISSUES

Two classic Ghost Box albums are re-issued for the first time on vinyl today. Both remastered especially for this format - heavyweight 180g vinyl packaged in luxurious redesigned artwork by Julian House, with original liner notes on beautiful colour inner sleeves.

Other Channels was the first full length album from The Advisory Circle. It evokes a world of public information films, domestic isolation, tranquilliser addiction and the ever present nuclear threat. Jon Brooks achieves this with a carefully crafted sound palette of analogue synthesisers and fragments of long lost broadcasts.

Light synthesiser melodies and moments of surreal humour float in a drift of pastoral melancholia and fuzzy music concrete as the album’s protagonist stares out forlornly at the modernist public library outlined against the ancient bulk of Belbury hill.

Beautifully evocative liner notes by writer, broadcaster and journalist Ken Hollings set the music in a context of domestic neuroses and cold war paranoia.


Séance at Hobs Lane by Mount Vernon Arts Lab is a classic of psychogeographical electronics. Hobs Lane is the fictional tube station where the action of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass and the Pit takes place. The album plunges the listener into a world of abandoned underground stations, eighteenth century secret societies and the footsore reveries of generations of flâneurs from Thomas De Quincey to Iain Sinclair.

The album was conceived and recorded by Drew Mulholland in 2001, and collaborators included Adrian Utley (Portishead), Jhon Balance (Coil), Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Barry 7 (Add N to X). Sleeve notes by the novelist Lawrence Norfolk.



Both are available now in the Ghost Box shop on vinyl and download. They'll also be at your usual stockists very soon. Vinyl customers in the Ghost Box shop will also qualify for a free download version of these albums.

(NOTE: this only applies to Ghost Box shoppers - no DL code is included with the LP anywhere else)

Friday, June 05, 2015

OTHER VOICES 05 OUT TODAY



Pye Corner Audio (with Belbury Poly)
Out on now and available here on super heavyweight 7" vinyl or download.

Monday, June 01, 2015

FOLKLORE TAPES & TOITOITOI VISIT THE GUEST SHOP

There are two new beautifully hand crafted items in the Ghost Box Guest shop this week. First is the delightful little cassette compilation box set from Folklore Tapes called Merry May.

https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/dept/~ghost-box-guests/

This includes:

-pink cassette housed inside an embossed box

-20 page research booklet that includes an essay on May Day and artwork by David Chatton Barker

-a cutting of a May pole ribbon

-download card redeemable from the label

A dual format compilation featuring a rare appearance from James Cargill, Julian House & Roj's Children Of Alice project (Broadcast and The Focus Group), Liverpool psyche heads Carl Turney & Brian Campbell, label owners David Orphan and Ian Humberstone as well as long time associates Sam Mcloughlin, Rob St John and more.



Folklore Tapes say this,

"The artists contributing to this compilation have each researched a particular May ritual and, informed by their findings, conjured a piece in response. As such, the cassette takes its listeners on an audiological journey where, mounted upon clacking Hobby horses, they will meet with May Birchers and Dewers, reel around Maypoles and parade the streets in the company of the Earl of Rone and the Fool.

Folklore Tapes is an ongoing project in which the arcane traditions, stories and phenomena of the British Isles are creatively re-imagined by contemporary artists. This may take the form of soundtrack, film or installation, but is always centred upon a particular theme or location. The project has received widespread acclaim since its conception in 2011 and enjoys close ties with Cecil Sharp House, the British Library and Caught By The River. Andy Votel and members of Clinic and Broadcast are counted among its many contributors." 


And a perfect complement to this is Hollow Earth Hippies by ToiToiToi, the work of Sebastian Counts, an electronic musician based in Berlin.

https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/dept/~ghost-box-guests/

His sound is bound to appeal to fans of Ghost Box, being a timeless melange of ethnography, TV music and psychonautical exploration all rendered by analogue electronics, tape and samples. Its weird, witty and engrossing.  ToiToiToi will be releasing a single on Ghost Box for the Other Voices series later this year, but meanwhile we'd urge you to delve into this beautifully packaged, self released debut.

Hollow Earth Hippies is a 15track CD-r with beautiful handmade cover and booklet. There's very few left of what is destined to be a collectors item.

"Its a little insight to a place where the positive social aspects of 70's politics seem to have survived. This music is the soundtrack to a world where ecology, economy, nature and technology, spirituality and rationalism are not in contradiction at all." says ToiToiToi



Both are available here in very limited quantity right now.

(By the way "Toi toi toi" as German speakers and opera fans will know, is a traditional wish of good luck , equivalent to "break a leg", and pronounced "toy  toy  toy")

Friday, May 22, 2015

OTHER VOICES 05, PRE-ORDERS NOW



On 5th June we'll be releasing another in our Other Voices series of singles. This time by Ghost Box regular Pye Corner Audio. With dark dystopian industrial disco on "Machines Are Obsolete". With a slightly more upbeat collaboration with Belbury Poly on the flipside, called "Pathways" which finds the surprising common ground between the two artists.


Out on 5th June and available to pre-order now  on super heavyweight 7" vinyl or download.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

JON BROOKS, WALBERSWICK


Yet more work from the staggeringly prolific Jon Brooks. This time on the rather lovely Canadian label More Than Human Records. Jon Brooks is in  calm and reflective frame of mind, with elegant icy electronics on this limited edition  of 250 LPs. Available now (and not for long if recent Brooks LP projects are anything to go by) only at  More Than Human.






Wednesday, April 29, 2015

THE KIDS' JAM SESSION


Monday, April 27, 2015

BLACK AQUARIUS, RADIO 4

Monday, April 20, 2015

MORE CARNACKI ALBUMS - SLIGHTLY DAMAGED

The batch of Music For Thomas Carnacki LPs sold out almost instantly. But  if you missed out last week we have a last chance, consolation prize.

We discovered that as a result of poltergeist activity in the warehouse, one box of  LPs in our consignment had slightly damaged spines. Ranging from a slight crease to a small tear, but nothing major at all and the vinyl is unaffected.

So we're offering these at a reduced price in the Guest Shop now - but hurry the last lot went in the space of half an hour !

Thursday, April 16, 2015

JON BROOKS' MUSIC FOR THOMAS CARNACKI


In the GHOST BOX GUEST SHOP now, Jon Brooks' Music for Thomas Carnacki LP.

In 2011 Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle, The Pattern Forms, Hintermass, Georges Vert, etc) created a score for a Resonance FM production of a short story by William Hope Hodgson. Called Gateway Of The Monster, it featured the psychic detective character Thomas Carnacki .

Utilising banks of oscillators, tape edits and analogue delays, Brooks created themes, cues and abstracts to depict the dark Edwardian setting of the story. This has just been pressed in a super limited edition of 300 on Norman Records' Fleece imprint. These sold out instantly, but we managed to secure the last 50 copies.

Artwork  is courtesy of Ian (Hope) Hodgson of  Moon Wiring Club , who also narrated the story when it was broadcast. Each album includes a free download code.

Here's a special mix that Brooks put together to mark this vinyl release.  It opens with the spine chillingly majestic Carnacki Theme:


Monday, March 30, 2015

NEW GHOST BOX GUEST LP, FANGEN I DET SENASTE by LAIKE


Laike started out as a one man project  by Christofer Ståhle just outside Lund in Sweden in 2010. Now more of a live group, Laike's second album, Fången i Det Senaste (Trapped in the Latest) is lively and musically accomplished, routed firmly in the folk rock tradition of the early 70s with elements of psychedelia, pop and prog. Sounding not unlike some long forgotten Euro psych-folk gem from a Finders Keepers compilation. You can hear some highlights here...






Our friends at Monterey Records in Valencia, present this gorgeous 180g vinyl LP with  die-cut cover, limited to 500 copies. Its available for a short time in the Ghost Box Guest Shop right now.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

ENTROPICALIA LP BACK IN STOCK

The Soundcarriers, Entropiclaia LP has been repressed and is back in stock in the Ghost Box shop.

https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/buy/entropicalia/

Heavy weight vinyl, luxurious Julian House designed packaging and free download code.
Full album info and clips here.

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

OTHER VOICES 03 AND 04 AVAILABLE NOW


Two new Ghost Box singles, Other Voices 03 by The Pattern Forms (Advisory Circle & Friendly Fires collaboration) and Other Voices 04 by Steve Moore are available here now. Info and audio here.



(If your local record shop doesn't stock them please direct them to Ghost Box's distribution info at: ghostbox.co.uk/contact.htm )

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

OTHER VOICES 03 AND 04, COMING IN FEBRUARY

The next two singles in our Other Voices series both feature very special guests.


Other Voices 03 introduces an exciting new ensemble, The Pattern Forms. Made up of Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) with Ed Gibson and Ed MacFarlane (both of Friendly Fires). Expertly crafted, dreamy, electronic pop with light, airborne vocals and just a hint of dark magick.


The next in the series is by Steve Moore, well known for his retro futuristic work both as a solo artist and as bass and keyboard player with Zombi. This single for Other Voices, captures an elegant and minimalistic performance from Moore on analogue synth, Hammond organ and vintage string machine. Two perfectly balanced and paired down science fiction landscape miniatures.


Here's a beautiful trailer video for the B side of Other Voices 03, The Sacrifice, made by Ed MacFarlane:


Both available from 27th February on super heavyweight 7" vinyl or download. Pre-order here now.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friday, December 05, 2014

THE ADVISORY CIRCLE, FROM OUT HERE, RELEASED TODAY.

From Out Here is available now on LP, CD and download from the Ghost Box shop , your usual online retailers and finer record shops around the world.



The LP version comes on heavyweight 180g vinyl and includes a free download code. The CD includes three bonus tracks and comes packed in a beautifully designed and textured 6 panel digi pack by Julian House.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PRE-ORDER THE NEW ADVISORY CIRCLE ALBUM

You can pre-order From Out Here at the Ghost Box shop right now on CD, LP or download.

And to mark the launch of the album here are two free, printable, hi-res, A4, posters designed by Julian House.




Friday, November 07, 2014

UNEARTHING FORGOTTEN HORRORS

 
Next Saturday, 15h Novemeber, The Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle will host Unearthing Forgotten Horrors. Its an annual mini-fest of folk horror cinema, short film, and spooked live music.

http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/event/1421
 
Headlining this year are Aderlating and Kemper Norton and there'll be rare screenings of Mumsy Nanny Sonny and Girly and Shockwaves. Throughout the event selections from The Ghost Box Film Retrospective will be showing.


12:00am to 12:00pm, tickets £10 here

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

LISTENING CENTER CASSETTE IN GUEST SHOP

http://ghostbox.greedbag.com/dept/~ghost-box-guests/

The new album from Listening Center is out now and in the Ghost Box Guest shop there's an ultra limited cassette version. 

Thirteen tracks of joyful library-esque analogue electronics recorded in live single takes with no overdubs or edits by the brilliant New York based artist. Cycles/Other Phenomena follows hard on the heels of LC's recent single for  Ghost Box, Other Voices 02 and can be enjoyed in its ideal format for a mere £6.95.


Friday, October 24, 2014

THE ADVISORY CIRCLE, FROM OUT HERE

We're very excited to announce that the new album by The Advisory Circle, From Out Here will be released on 5th December.


Exploring darker territory than  2012’s more pastoral As The Crow Flies, The Advisory Circle hint at a Wyndham-esque science fiction story, where bucolic English scenery is being manipulated and maybe even artificially generated by bizarre multi-dimensional computer technology.

Jon Brooks’ strong sense of melody and composition is still evident as is his renowned sound design and production skill. All of which make this a rich and rewarding experience.
 


The CD and LP will come lavishly packaged with artwork by Julian House based on the original concepts for the music. The 180gm LP will come with a free download code, and the download and CD versions include three bonus tracks.

It'll be released on 5th December and will be available to pre-order in the Ghost Box shop from 12th November.