Other Voices 01
Brooks and O’Hagan
In which the gently harmonious whimsy of Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas) gels effortlessly with the mellow pastoral acoustics of Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) to blissful, almost soporific effect on ‘Calibair’. Meanwhile anyone who ever wondered what it might have sounded like if Mike Oldfield had scored Midnight Cowboy will have their curiosity sated by B-side ‘Mulcair’.
The production is of course beautiful, and the pleasingly tactile packaging sports a jazzy new Julian House design, this being the first part of a new series of singles by Ghost Box collaborators and guest artists. Collectability factor: High. Not quite Tinkerbells Fairydust, but liable to play havoc with your OCD if you miss one.
In the world of Ghost Box, time is almost meaningless. But in real life the label is tearing into the challenge of exploring beyond the limits of hauntology, and maturing into the home of a dynamic and eclectic roster of artists.
Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) and Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas) laminate forest floors with their dappled digitalis, ornamenting analogue glades buzzed on the sound of Brian Eno’s, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) and the harmonica theme from Midnight Cowboy. Pagan pop pastoralism with a decidedly francophone sway, this first instalment in Ghost Box’s Other Voices series might provide the ultimate score for an inscrutable sitcom based on the gnostic chronicles of Fresh Maggots, as penned by surrealist celebrant Ithell Colquhoun.