Out on 26th August and available to preorder now at the Ghost Box Shop. Lavish CD and LP packaging designed by Julian House. The LP is on heavyweight vinyl and includes free download card.
Stasis Open Today
Available today in the Ghost Box guest shop, this remarkable collaborative LP by Alasdair Roberts and James Green (of Big Eyes Family Players ), on Clay Pipe Records. The passionate syncretism of Roberts’ own songs and those he selects coupled with Green’s varied and unusual instrumentation, is at times reminiscent of The Incredible String band. But rather than the fey and whimsical there’s a more visceral variety of mysticism at work here. This is a thing of rare and uplifting beauty.
Alasdair Roberts explains how Plaint of Lapwing came about:
“Mayday 2012: an email from James Green in Sheffield reached me in Glasgow. I knew James a little – not particularly well; we had met a few times over the years and had collaborated a little too (I’d sung on a couple of songs on the album Folk Songs 2 by his group The Big Eyes Family Players). I understood that he played the harmoniflute, an instrument somewhere between a harmonium and an accordion, and seemed very enamoured of it. His email read: “had an idea about approaching you with… an ep or few songs (trad or otherwise) accompanied by my harmoniflute, and nothing else… just an idea once the dust has settled, maybe…”
The dust was not long in the swirling before coming to rest upon both of our past endeavours, and shortly we set to work on the project which became Plaint of Lapwing. My initial thought was to concentrate on just four pieces – I’d just recorded the Drag City LP/CD A Wonder Working Stone and had some songs left over from that. In a process which James was later to characterise as ‘surreal’, I started emailing him recordings of my disembodied voice; in response I would eagerly await, tracks featuring aforesaid voice with James’ harmoniflute accompaniment.
The project gradually, almost imperceptibly, developed in scope and complexity over two years. I began sending James more vocal takes as well as other sonics I’d generated, for a variety of original compositions and some by other authors (including a song by the Perthshire folklorist Hamish Henderson, an arrangement by Benjamin Britten of a piece by the Irish poet Thomas Moore, a lyric by beekeeping Cornish film maker Timothy Neat and a setting of a work by the Angus poet Violet Jacob). James in turn increased his instrumental palette to include drums, guitars and all other kinds of musical things.”
The absolutely stunning sleeve art and design is by label owner, Frances Castle and as always with Clay Pipe records it’s a beautiful and high quality package. It includes a free download code and detailed sleeve notes by Alasdair Roberts himself on the background to each song.
The guest shop will be carrying the red version of the album sleeve – limited to only 500 copies.
Alasdair Roberts & James Green
In the Ghost Box Guest Shop
Coming 26th August
Once again both are ultra limited hand made items. Here’s what A Year in the Country have to say…
“Fractures is a gathering of studies and explorations that take as their starting point the year 1973; a time when there appeared to be a schism in the fabric of things, a period of political, social, economic and industrial turmoil, when 1960s utopian ideals seemed to corrupt and turn inwards.
As a reaction to such, this was a possible high water mark of the experimentations of psych/acid folk, expressions of eldritch undertones in the land via what has become known in part as folk horror and an accompanying yearning to return to an imagined pastoral idyll.
Looking back, culture, television broadcasts and film from this time often seem imbued with a strange, otherly grittiness; to capture a sense of dissolution in relation to what was to become post-industrial Western culture and ways of living.
Such transmissions and signals viewed now can seem to belong to a time far removed and distant from our own; the past not just as a foreign country but almost as a parallel universe that is difficult to imagine as once being our own lands and world.”
The new album from Belbury Poly, New Ways Out is available today, on LP and Download in all its eerie, daft, glam, faux-folk, motorik, library-ish eerie glory.
“…the new LP by Jupp’s Belbury Poly succeeds purely as a listening experience. Lighter than most Ghost Box fare, Jupp and a small gang of session musicians explore space-age glam (“Hey Now Here He Comes”), fingerpicked folk (“Water Wheel”) and a sort of English pastoral take on Michael Rother-style Krautrock. The sepia edges and occult undercurrents are mostly absent, but New Ways Out ploughs a satisfying new furrow.” UNCUT
“…transporting you to those especially daft places only BP can – Tizer-fuelled 70s youth club discos with side-rooms for Ouija boards” Electronic Sound
“…there’s an added bounce and groove that makes New Ways Out Belbury Poly’s most immediate and accessible release to date.” Shindig
The next in our Other Voices series of singles is available to pre-order today. This time it’s two beautiful songs from Portuguese group Beautify Junkyards. It’s released on 10th June and follows on from their remarkable album of last year The Beast Shouted Love.
If you place a pre-order for this in our shop alongside something else, the good people at Greedbag will dispatch the available items now and the single when its released.
Also today to, coincide with the release of New Ways Out there’s a new Belbury Poly T-shirt. It’s a pale pink screen print on a black premium soft cotton T shirt.
With thanks to DJ Food for album pack shots.
and Belbury Poly T-Shirt
Due on 27th May and available to pre-order in the Ghost Box shop now. The new album from Belbury Poly melds krautrock, glam, faux folk and ancient TV soundtracks across eleven joyous, slightly camp and oddly unsettling instrumentals. Moving away somewhat from the haunted electronics and occult signifiers of his earlier albums, Jim Jupp convenes his floating ensemble of session musicians to continue the exploration and illustration of their parallel world landscape. Including a guest appearance from The Advisory Circle’s Jon Brooks on piano on The Green Scene.
…transporting you to those especially daft places only BP can – Tizer-fuelled 70s youth club discos with side-rooms for Ouija boards
Pre-order now for 27th May. CD and LP packaging designed by Julian House with additional artwork by Jim Jupp. The 180gm LP includes a free download card.
Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle, Pattern Forms etc.) and Tim Felton (Seeland), conjure up meditative pastoral poptones to make your garden grow.
Both artists cite the kosmiche music of Ash-ra and Popul Vuh and their simultaneous re-discovery of the music of Nico as strong influences on the album. The songs also have clear roots in both traditional and psychedelic folk.
Emotionally engaging and nostalgically transportive, ‘The Apple Tree’s golden-hued scenes and sketches should set you up nicely for the returning spring… a bittersweet paean to the half-remembered high summer tryst under the fruit trees that you never had.
Pre-order now and available 18th March on CD or heavyweight vinyl in beautifully illustrated and tactile packaging and also on all download and audio streaming services. The vinyl version comes with a free download card inside.