New single available now on 7″ gatefold vinyl, download & streams.
The A side is a cover of The Incredible String Band song, Painting Box, originally written by Mike Heron. It’s a collaboration between Beautify Junkyards and Belbury Poly and produced by Jim Jupp. The flipside is an original by Beautify Junkyards, Ritual in Transfigured Time, produced by João Branco Kyron.
The super heavyweight vinyl single is packaged in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve designed by Julian House. Orders & pre-orders from the Ghost Box shop come with access to a free DL version of this single.
Like many labels our release schedule for this year has been severely held up by immense pressure on the vinyl pressing industry due to increased demand & COVID work regs. But there’s more on the way from Ghost Box fairly soon. The vinyl & CD versions of last year’s Intermission compilation and the new album by ToiToiToi, Vaganten. Hopefully both will appear in June or July.
In the Ghost Box shop now.
The new album by Beautify Junkyards, Cosmorama, is out today on LP, CD & Digital formats.
It’s a strange, rewarding album, rich with depth and texture.
There’s crepuscular gloom here, for sure, but also warmth and beauty.
Released in the freezing darkness of January, Cosmorama nevertheless looks forward to spring.
Beautify Junkyards have created a world of their own: lose yourself in it.
A wonderful record, one you will not soon forget as it takes its early place
among the best releases of 2021
The Big Takeover
We Are Cult
A song like “Cosmorama”, with its ornate folksiness, glistening with steel strings
is as lush as the sextet’s ever been; the glitchy electronics that introduce
“Reverie” immediately transport the song to other zones.
With beautiful artwork by Julian House, the heavyweight vinyl LP comes with a
free download code card and the CD is packaged in an eight panel digipak.
Available to pre-order now and released on LP, CD & Digital on 15th January 2021…
The fourth album for the Lisbon based band and their second on Ghost Box following on from The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards in 2018. Cosmorama is a beautifully crafted and lavishly produced adventure into tropicalia tinged psychedelic dream pop. Like a hallucinogenic fusion of Os Mutantes and Broadcast. Music that’s deeply influenced by Portuguese and Brazilian vocal traditions; gauzy layers of male and female vocals shift dreamlike against a backdrop of masterly acoustic musicianship, complex percussion and haunted electronics making this album perfectly at home in the world of Ghost Box records.
Joining the band as writing and performing collaborators on Cosmorama are: Nina Miranda (of Smoke City fame) on vocals on the title track and on Reverie and Parangolé, Alison Bryce of NYC’s Lake Ruth on vocals on Deep Green and classical & contemporary harpist Eduardo Raon on A Garden by the Sea and The Fountain.
Artwork is by Ghost Box Records in house designer, Julian House. The LP version is on heavyweight vinyl, with full colour inner sleeve and a free download code card.
The new album by Belbury Poly, The Gone Away, is out today on LP, CD & Digital formats.
…this haunting, immersive album that it feels like a nod to Ghost Box’s roots: where Jupp, working alone this time, is a channel for ancient, rustic strangeness, passed through the filter of some long-forgotten children’s TV series.
A confirmed champion of the eerie, Jupp makes The Gone Away a kosmische one-man show of rare charm: eeriness has rarely sounded this seductive.
A lovely album, both charming and oddly affecting.
For Belbury Poly aficionados ‘The Gone Away’ will already be essential listening, for the uninitiated it is a perfect starting point; all of Belbury’s personalities and reference points are here, presented in these beautiful vignettes.
The Gone Away is a portal too, it’s a place of wonder and imagination, where the magical can be real, and the laws of our universe no longer apply.
With gorgeous evocative artwork by Julian House, the LP version comes with a
free download code card and the CD is packaged in a beautiful six panel digipak.
“For us, the Gentle People have no longer a life common with our own.
They have gone beyond the grey hills. They dwell in far islands perhaps where
the rains of Heaven and the foam of the sea guard their fading secrecies.”
The Winged Destiny
“…we shall only be delivered from our afflictions by sayings and doings
that are altogether irrational, paradoxical, and magical: the wild songs of
fairyland, sung to unearthly tones, are the only medicine for the heartache
and the headache of humanity.”
A Note on Ascetism (The Academy, 27th May, 1911)