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)
Out now, Applied Music: Land & Sea is the third in a series of albums released digitally on Jon Brooks’ own Café Kaput label and given a vinyl incarnation in association with Belbury Music (a sub label of Ghost Box Records). Land & Sea is inspired by natural land and seascapes and by the golden age of electronic library music.
It comes on translucent aqua marine vinyl and includes a free download code card. The vinyl version is exclusive to the Belbury Music Shop, and the digital version on the Café Kaput Bandcamp page.
Jon Brooks (who also records for Ghost Box as The Advisory Circle) says…
“The thing that is absolutely central to all of the Applied Music series as it expands, is the notion of creating almost visual elements in music. Because they are ‘applied’ and functional in a sense, taking the themes and crystallising the visual elements is the root of the project. That dictates the sonic palate, far more than it being tied to a time period, for example.”
Also in the Belbury Music shop there are still a few copies of Jon Brooks‘ Applied Music: Science & Nature and the 10″ EP Broken Folk by Keith Seatman (with Douglas E Powell and Belbury Poly). Both are now at sale price.
Pre-order now in the Ghost Box shop. Released on LP, CD & Digital on 28th August.
Inspired by far-fetched fairy folklore, The Gone Away is the new album by Belbury Poly, the recording name of Ghost Box Records co-founder Jim Jupp. Vintage electronics, music room instrumentation and polyrhythmic sequences conjure up folk-ish, kosmiche melodies.
Evocative and unsettlingly familiar, it sets a darker and more serene tone than the last full-length album, New Ways Out. Belbury Poly’s sound palette is still in evidence however; mellow analogue synths, rustic pipes and rusty strings. Gone are the usual supporting session musicians, with Jupp performing all parts himself. The album came together slowly over the course of three years while Jupp collaborated on various side projects and was finally completed a few days before the global lockdown commenced.
On digital, CD and heavyweight vinyl LP. Beautiful artwork is by Julian House and the LP version comes with a free download code card.