Concrete Jingles
by The Twelve Hour Foundation

You may remember The Lighter Side of Concrete by The Twelve Hour Foundation, a masterly homage to the Radiophonic Workshop’s John Baker and a popular Ghost Box Guest album. They have a new download album of jingles and library-esque pieces in the BBC tradition. It’s called Concrete Jingles and it’s in aid of a very good cause, as Jez Butler of the band explains…

“This mini-album / EP was planned following the news that our friend Robert Baldock had suffered a stroke. Robert (aka DJ Bongoboy) will be familiar to many as one of the two voices behind The Project Moonbase podcast, and has offered much support and encouragement to The Twelve Hour Foundation over the past four years: broadcasting our music, promoting us via social media, and, on one occasion, driving to a gig in Scotland to lend us a synth when our Moog’s power supply died. 

All proceeds from this album will be donated to The Charles Bell Pavilion (brain and neurological rehabilitation) the unit within the Astley Ainslie Hospital where Robert is currently undergoing various therapies. 

We wish him a speedy recovery!”

…as do all at Ghost Box

 

Stop-Motion Happening & The Owl’s Map
Out today.

Stop-Motion Happening by The Focus Group LP,CD and DL

“…we need more of this sort of thing. The problem is nobody, absolutely nobody, does this sort of thing other than Julian House. He really is on his own out there.” Electronic Sound

 

The Owl’s Map by Belbury Poly (re-mastered) LP and DL

“…some of the most delightful electronica to arise in Britain since Aphex Twin, the Black Dog and Global Communication.” The Sunday Times

 

Agri Montana
by Jon Brooks

 A new album by Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle, Pattern Forms, The Belbury Circle) is available now on his own Café Kaput label, as a download from Bandcamp.

Inspired by Alpine landscapes and performed entirely on the Buchla Music Easel and ARP Odyssey. Artwork by Ian Hodgson of Moon Wiring Club.

Stop-Motion Happening
& The Owl’s Map LP re-issue
Pre-Order Now

 

The Owl’s Map was the second album for Belbury Poly, first released in 2006. It’s music that is by turns, jaunty and dark and was inspired by TV soundtracks, folk and library music and 1970s electronic music technology. It established the mood and the imagined geography of Belbury, the fictional parallel-world setting for the record label itself.

This re-issue has been specially remastered by Jon Brooks for this first outing on vinyl. Ghost Box designer, Julian House has adapted the original CD artwork to the new heavyweight vinyl format. It includes a colour card inner sleeve with a visitor’s guide to Belbury and a free download code card. The vinyl version is released on 14th July 2017 and you can pre-order it from our shop now. The re-mastered digital version is currently being re-distributed to all major download suppliers and will replace the older version by the release date on the 14th.  You’ll be able to buy the new remastered digital version from our shop on mp3 or lossless flac next week. (We’ll update the exact time of availability right here, as soon as we can.)

Also released on 14th July and available to pre-order now, is the new album from The Focus Group, Stop-Motion Happening. On LP, CD and DL.

Stop-Motion Happening
with the The Focus Group
coming July

Stop-Motion Happening with The Focus Group.

New album on LP, CD & DL 14th July.

Pre-orders from 23rd June.

ToiToiToi – Im Hag
Out Now

Im Hag by ToiToiToi is out today on LP, CD or download. As always the beautiful CD and LP packaging is designed by Julian House. (The 180gm vinyl LP includes a free download card.)

Im Hag is the debut Ghost Box album for Berlin based Sebastian Counts’ ToiToiToi, following on from his single for our Other Voices series in 2015. It’s very detailed and lovingly produced music, crafted from electronic, synth, sampled and acoustic sources. Its a wunderkammer of an album crammed with original ideas. All at once managing to be witty, spooky, melodic and abstract.

The music and design explores the polarities of folklore vs modernity, and wilderness vs civilization. It’s an album about German culture but it pre-empts a nostalgia for the vanishing concept of internationalism, once exemplified by town twinning. It’s also a warm-hearted record, hopefully a tiny  morale booster against Europe’s resurgent spectres.

 

New in the Ghost Box Guest Shop
Jon Brooks, Howlround & Keith Seatman

Available now in the Ghost Box Guest Shop

Autres Directions – Jon Brooks

We have secured the very last of the first pressing of Jon Brook’s (The Advisory Circle) Autres Directions.  This beautiful and meditative album for Clay Pipe Music takes inspiration from the French countryside.

The Guest Shop copies are from , a hand numbered limited run of 500 clear vinyl copies. Including a free download code card.  Artwork and design by Frances Castle are to the usual high standard of all Clay Pipe releases.

Part episodic series of ethereal soundscape canvasses, part field recording driven hauntological essay, part ambient/prog reinterpretation of the kind of approach the likes of Pink Floyd, Harmonia or Eno were aiming for in the 1970’s – In totality it reflects all of this whilst retaining its own robust identity and makes for a deeply immersive sonic experience that reveals great depth with repeated listens.
The Active Listener.

As impressive and immersive as anything I’ve heard, this collection is a testament to Brooks’ skill as a sound designer and songwriter.
Piccadilly Records.

All hold hands and off we go – Keith Seatman

Unsettling pastoral electronica on this 5th CD album from Keith Seatman. He’s joined on two tracks by vocalist Douglas Powell.

Excellent stuff…
Simon Reynold’s Blissblog

Surreal retro analogue visions slide in and out of haunted fever dreams in this woozy, uniquely psychedelic, Radiophonic-flavored concoction that’s suffused with ambivalent subconscious.
Electronic Sound Magazine

A Creak in Time – Howlround

Howlround’s immersive and awe-inspiring soundtrack to a film by Steven McInerney. The heavyweight 180g vinyl LP comes with printed inner sleeve, digital download and a link to stream the full 27 minute film in HD online.

This recording may be Howlround’s most substantial statement to date.
Wire

As a rumination on both the firmament and the infinitesimal, A Creak in Time is timeless and singular: a cinematic triumph of style and substance.
Wallpaper Magazine

Howlround will be performing A Creak in Time at DJ Food’s Further in West Norwood, London, this Saturday night 6th May. Along with a four screen film show and DJ set from Ghost Box records, and film and music from DJ Food.

ToiToiToi – Im Hag
Pre-Order Now

The new album by ToiToiToi, Im Hag is due for release on 12th May. You can pre-order it  in our shop now on Vinyl, CD or download.

Im Hag is the debut Ghost Box album for Berlin based Sebastian Counts’ ToiToiToi, following on from his single for our Other Voices series in 2015. It’s very detailed and lovingly produced music, crafted from electronic, synth, sampled and acoustic sources. Its a wunderkammer of an album crammed with original ideas. All at once managing to be witty, spooky, melodic and abstract.

The music and design explores the polarities of folklore vs modernity, and wilderness vs civilization. It’s an album about German culture but it pre-empts a nostalgia for the vanishing concept of internationalism, once exemplified by town twinning. It’s also a warm-hearted record, hopefully a tiny  morale booster against Europe’s resurgent spectres. Counts’ is painfully aware of the way that folk tradition in his country is something of a poisoned well and had this to say about the album on his “Lo-Fi Longings” blog…

“When it comes to tradition, heritage etc. things get difficult over here and with finding an alternative way of dealing with german folk and culture by also emphasising its’ psychedelic elements and calling the kindred spirits of other cultures for support, I always felt like being in a minority of one. The more grateful I am now to have found a safe harbour in the imaginary world of Ghost Box and to be able to contribute my very own continental perspective.”

As always the beautiful CD and LP packaging is designed by Julian House. The 180gm LP includes a free download card.

Children of Alice LP
in the Ghost Box Guest Shop

The Children of Alice is an occasional collaborative project between James Cargill (Broadcast), Julian House (The Focus Group) and Roj (Roj). On this eponymous LP Warp records have compiled their output to date, originally released over a series of compilations and a split cassette for the Folklore Tapes.

A beautiful mirrorboard sleeve with fold out poster designed by Julian House. Includes download code card.

Warp have this to say:
Named as an act of tribute to the late Trish Keenan, for whom Alice in Wonderland and in particular Jonathan Miller’s summerhazy ’60s idyll of an adaptation, was a presiding inspiration. The name invokes her abiding spirit and also creates a sense of continuity with the evolving Broadcast soundworld, which became more concentrated and individual as it refined itself and adapted to new configurations. The record combines a narrative of country life rooted psychedelia with a strong soundtrack feel that perfectly fits and continues the lineage of the three members’ individual projects. Children Of Alice plays out like a long lost library soundtrack, complete with all of the trademarks of the trio’s collective consciousness, filtered through a gauze of Czech new wave cinema soundtracks, 1970s cult children’s TV shows such as The Owl Service & Children Of The Stones and then shot through the record collections of Julian Cope, Bo Hansson, David Chatton Barker & Ian Humberstone. A truly engrossing listen from start to finish, Children Of Alice is a spellbinding journey down the rabbit hole, that for those willing to take the trip there is much to discover. An album that excavates a dreamlike sound of wonder.

The Soundcarriers,
Entropicalia LP repress available now.

By popular demand we’ve re-pressed The Soundcarriers’ remarkable, dazzlingly produced, psyched out masterpiece, Entropicalia. Available right now in the Ghost Box shop on heavyweight vinyl with beautiful artwork by Julian House and free download code card.
 

Ghost Box is a record label for a group of artists exploring the misremembered musical history of a parallel world.

“Buying one of its releases feels like stepping into another world” The Guardian

“...what's most impressive about Ghost Box is the aesthetic consistency and sheer quality of the material, recalling the heydays of labels such as Factory, 4AD and Warp.” Quietus

“...some of the most delightful electronica to arise in Britain since Aphex Twin, the Black Dog and Global Communication.” The Sunday Times

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