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.

Further at the Portico Gallery

Further at The Portico Gallery, West Norwood, London, 6th May. Featuring Ghost Box Films and DJs, live set and film with Howlroundand DJ Food 

 DJ Food & Pete Williams present a new, irregular evening by creating an audio visual space to enjoy. Films, slides, oil projections, food, drink and plenty of seating form the environment to soak up the sights and sounds.

Programme:
7.30 – 8.30: Doors, there will be a record stall with stock picked to compliment the evening by Micheal from the nearby Book & Record Bar and delicious food from local café Pinterdera served alongside the fully licensed Portico bar with beers & ales

8.30 – 10.00: Ghost Box Records in the form of Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly) and Julian House (The Focus Group) will be playing an audio visual DJ set, with multiple screens showing Ghost Box films and animations, strange footage and artwork.

10.00 – 10.3: Howlround will perform a live score to ‘A Creak in Time’, a film by Steve McInerney (Psyche´-Tropes), via tape loops and reel to reel machines.

10.30 – 12.00: DJ Food & Pete Williams will open and close the evening with their multi-projection Light & Sound Designs.

Location: Portico Gallery, 23B Knight’s Hill, London, SE27 0HS, UK

Tickets here: (limited cheaper early bird price nearly gone)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/further-at-the-portico-gallery-tickets-32880361045

Travel:
Train: West Norwood overground station (1 min walk)
Buses: 2, 68, 196, 315, 322, 432, 468, 690

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.

Other Voices 09 and Ghost Box Sweatshirt
Available Now.

The latest in our ongoing series of singles, Other Voices, featuring guests, collaborations and one off projects is out today. Other Voices 09 by Moon Wiring Club and Belbury Poly.

In the Ghost Box shop now on download or super heavyweight vinyl, with a beautiful Julian House designed sleeve.

Also new in the shop today is this sweatshirt, a very subtle black print on dark grey.

 

Pre-ordering now
Other Voices 09:
Belbury Poly and Moon Wiring Club

Pre-orders open now.

Released on 17th February on download or on super heavyweight vinyl, with a beautiful Julian House designed sleeve.

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.
 

Mark Fisher

We were saddened by the tragic news of Mark Fisher’s death this weekend. Everyone at Ghost Box owes a huge debt to Mark’s support and inspirational writing. When we first began he was instrumental in bringing our label to the attention of a wider audience through his k-punk blog. He always had a clear understanding of what we are about and was able to articulate it better than us or anyone else.  Amongst other things  it was Mark that introduced us to John Foxx.
A great thinker and an important cultural voice that has been tragically silenced at a time when such remarkable minds are needed more than ever. Our thoughts are with his family.
Mark’s new book The Weird and The Eerie was published in December by Repeater Books.
There’s a memorial fund here in aid of Mark’s family.

Other Voices 09:
Belbury Poly and Moon Wiring Club

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The latest in a series of singles featuring regular Ghost Box artists, special guests and one off projects. This time it’s a collaboration between the label founder Jim Jupp’s band, Belbury Poly and Ian Hodgson’s marvellous Moon Wiring Club. The artists’ have very different approaches to their work, but share similar reference points and a common sensibility. Their ideas complement each other perfectly in these two weirdly baroque, electronic miniatures.

Released on 17th February on download or on a super heavyweight  vinyl, with a beautiful Julian House designed sleeve.  (Pre-orders open in late January)

Stasis and Peel Away the Ivy Prints

New in the Ghost Box shop today, Julian House has reworked the album cover art for Pye Corner Audio’s Stasis and The Pattern Form’s Peel Away the Ivy for these beautifully printed A2 prints.

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Exclusive to the Ghost Box shop, the full colour prints are on textured 160gsm cotton art paper, 420 x 594 mm. Each print has been hand stamped with an embossed Ghost Box logo and each comes with a free MP3 or FLAC album download.

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We’re told that if you’re quick and order today these can be delivered to UK customers in time for Christmas.
And for those of you who delight in print specifications…

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The paper is 100% cotton, elemental chlorine free (ECF), carbon neutral, and fully recyclable. Cotton paper does not yellow in the way that wood-based paper does and is therefore ideal for archival and display purposes. The 4-colour process inks are vegetable oil-based and biodegradable. The inks also have a water-based sealer varnish applied to help “fix” the ink in the paper.

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Printed by Calverts, a graphic design and print co-operative formed in 1977 and based in the East End of London. The business is managed democratically through consensus and all workers are paid equally.

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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
paperback
128pp + 16pp colour illustrations

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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