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 the label’s 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.
 

New in the Ghost Box Guest Shop

Through Passages of Time – The Hardy Tree (LP)

On translucent blue vinyl, individually numbered sleeves, limited to 500, with free download code inside. A beautiful package designed by Clay Pipe Music curator, Frances Castle for one of the finest homespun labels in the UK.

The Hardy Tree is the musical project of Clay Pipe Music’s founder Frances Castle, her first LP ‘ The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath’ was the initial release on the label over five years ago.


Through Passages of Time soundtracks buildings and areas of London that no longer exist. Small places stumbled upon by accident, traced on maps, and illustrated in Georgian prints. Frequently visited pubs that have been rebuilt and renamed, the ship breakers yard decorated with wooden figureheads at Baltic Wharf, or the Thames Watermen living in the shadow of the Hawksmoor designed church at Horselydown. Lost places re-imagined and brought to life using clusters of sequenced Moogs, off Kilter electronics, vibes, and Mellotron – capturing the essence of the dark city and its more bucolic outer suburbs. This is a plaint to an older stranger London that is quickly becoming priced out and forgotten. Look carefully and clues to the ancient past can still be found.

In Fairyland: The World of Tessa Farmer (Book)

Edited by fantasy curator Catriona McAra for the marvellous Strange Attractor Press, In Fairyland consists of eight carefully crafted chapters by Giovanni Aloi, Gail-Nina Anderson, Gavin Broad, Brian Catling, Jeremy Harte, Petra Lange-Berndt, and John Sears.

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For almost two decades now, Tessa Farmer has been evolving a new species of fairy. They represent the point at which science tilts into fantasy – as the sleep of reason produces monsters. In Fairyland is the first substantial scholarly volume devoted to Farmer’s work. Here, leading thinkers in the fields of animal art, natural history and gothic studies assemble to investigate the significance of Farmer and her fairies, covering aspects from their relationship to fairy traditions in folklore and art, to entomological precedents for the malevolent behaviours of her creations.

“Tessa Farmer’s dark, delicate spaces, her untamed, intricate creatures absolutely mesmerise me.” Kate Bernheimer, author of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

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Tessa Farmer is the great-granddaughter of the author Arthur Machen, who long term Ghost Box followers will recognise as an important influence on the label.

Edited by Catriona McAra
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128pp + 16pp colour illustrations

Stasis LP repress and Pye Corner Audio T-Shirt

The second pressing of Pye Corner Audio’s Stasis LP is available from the Ghost Shop now. Also available on CD and Download.

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Also new and exclusive to the shop is a Pye Corner Audio T-Shirt. It’s a two colour print of Julian House’s Stasis album artwork, on heavyweight vintage-orange cotton.

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“A somnambulant trip through the cosmic void, Stasis is PCA’s strongest album to date.”
Shindig

“…from start to finish the standard never once slips, ensuring Stasis is an album in which you can happily lose yourself for hours on end.”
Kultur Magazin

“Rather than make up his own movies, Jenkins is happy to play the movies that are already running in our heads – and we are happy to let him do it. Every track shows the confidence of someone who knows exactly which buttons to push and when.”
The Wire

Incidentally Pye Corner Audio provide a large part of the soundtrack for the chilling documentary film by Adam Curtis, Hyper Normalisation. Still available to watch at the time of posting here on the BBC iplayer. Essential viewing and maybe more terrifying now than when it was released during the old reality.

 

 

New in the Ghost Box Guest Shop this week.

The Ghost Box Guest Shop is a section of our shop for records and merchandise from Ghost Box related artists, allied record labels and artists whose work overlaps with, or has inspired the world of Ghost Box in some way.

Glistens (LP)

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New in the Guest Shop this week is a compilation of Chappell AV library music from the 1980s. Glistens is expertly curated for Lo Records by Ed Macfarlane of The Pattern Forms. To date this is a largely overlooked era in library music, its a highly inventive period that heralds the dawn of new digital technology in electronic music.

The compilation was mastered by fellow library music expert Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle & Pattern Forms) who also contributes notes to the lovely looking, informative gatefold sleeve.

Gurdy Hurding (CD)

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We also have a new CD album by Renaldo & The Loaf, Gurdy Hurding which comes 30 years after their last, The Elbow is Taboo. Over the course of 6 albums, spanning the late 70s to late 80s, Renaldo and the Loaf created of a unique sound world using an unguessable instrumental palette, collaged tape cut ups and wildly inventive, weird songs. Its a sound that’s simultaneously avant-garde, electronic, ethnographic, punk and oddly folk-ish. Renaldo & the Loaf will appeal to fans of The Residents or Position Normal. In fact they collaborated with the Residents in 1983 and released three of their albums on The Resident’s own Ralph Records. Their spliced and mangled songs were an early influence on Belbury Poly’s Jim Jupp.

The Forest / The Wald (CDR)

Finally we have The Forest/The Wald, the next instalment in the on going series of compilations put together by blog and CDR label A Year in The Country. As usual its available in two beautifully handcrafted versions (both limited to 104 copies). 

The Dawn Edition  A numbered, hand-finished white/black CDR album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.

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And the Night Edition – A numbered, hand-finished white/black CDR album on all black CDR, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 4 x round stickers, landscape format sticker and an unique, one-off print.

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This chapter in the series explores tales and folklore of the woodlands. And features:
Bare Bones, Magpahi, Polypores, Time Attendant, David Colohan, Richard Moult, Sproatly Smith, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska, The Rowan Amber Mill, The Séance with Lutine, Cosmic Neighbourhood and A Year In The Country.

Peel Away the Ivy, out today


Peel Away the Ivy by the Pattern Forms is out now on LP, CD and download.

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There’s also a limited edition green vinyl version exclusive to Rough Trade, with a special in-store performance by The Pattern Forms in Rough Trade East tonight, 21st October, at 6:00pm.

The Pattern Forms is collaborative project between Ed Macfarlane and Edd Gibson of Friendly Fires and Jon Brooks of The Advisory Circle, expertly blending blissful pop with more exploratory electronics, its roots lying in the artists’ shared love of soundtracks and electronic library music of the 70s and 80s. It will appeal strongly to fans of both bands.

“…starts with a clutch of songs so lovely, a floating flock of diaphanous electronic songbirds, that it feels like being seduced. The melodies and atmosphere of late afternoon sunshine slowly gathers you to its warm beating heart where, it turns out, you would rather like to stay. I haven’t heard music quite so evocative of time and place since first encountering Air’s ‘Moon Safari’. But while that consummate late-90s album had just enough dancefloor in its make up to ignite an ever-so-slightly strident sexiness, ‘Peel Away The Ivy’ swirls around a kind of epic lOcc pop beauty and whispers in your ear until you fail in love with it and its pastoral eroticism. Gorgeous.”
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The Pattern Forms: Edd Gibson, Ed Macfarlane & Jon Brooks (off camera to the right)

Radio Belbury 16: The Pattern Forms Mix

A guest mix for Radio Belbury by Jon Brooks and Ed Macfarlane of The Pattern Forms.

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Peel Away the Ivy by The Pattern Forms is out 21st October on LP,CD and Download.

Pre-order now.

The Pattern Forms Pre-Orders Open Today plus Rough Trade In-Store Gig & Exclusive Colour Vinyl

Pre-orders are open today in the Ghost Box shop for the new album, Peel Away the Ivy by The Pattern Forms.

To launch the album there’ll be a live in-store performance at Rough Trade East, London on 21st October by The Pattern Forms and a DJ set from Ghost Box sleeve designer, Julian House (also the man behind The Focus Group).

There’ll also be a limited edition of 300 translucent green vinyl LPs with alternate sleeve art exclusive to Rough Trade stores worldwide (including on line).

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It’ll be 6:00 to 8:00pm and PLEASE NOTE this is a ticketed event . Wristbands are only available from Rough Trade with CD, LP or Colour Vinyl LP pre-orders or purchases on the day.

See Rough Trade’s page, here for full details.

Peel Away the Ivy by The Pattern Forms
Out 21st October

The debut album from The Pattern Forms, collaborative project between Ed Macfarlane and Edd Gibson of Friendly Fires and Jon Brooks of The Advisory Circle, is due out 21st October.

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Following on from the Other Voices 03 single in 2015, this is an album that perfectly melds blissful pop with more exploratory electronics, its roots lying in the artists’ shared love of soundtracks and electronic library music of the 70s and 80s. It should appeal to fans of both bands.

On DL, CD, and heavyweight LP, with luxurious packaging designed by Julian House. There’ll also be a special coloured vinyl version exclusive to Rough Trade Records. Pre-orders will open early October.

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Edd Gibson and Ed Macfarlane (Jon Brooks is Elsewhere)

More news on this here and on our other channels soon.


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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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