Folklore Tapes – Folklore of Plants LP
featuring Belbury Poly
in the Ghost Box Guest Shop now

Available in the Ghost Box Guest Shop now beautifully compiled package by Folklore Tapes with written and audio contributions from 31 artists, including Ghost Box’s Belbury Poly.

• Thirty-one track twelve-inch vinyl and download code.
• Fourty page A5 pamphlet includes plantlore and illustrations from artists and herbal medicine section by herbalist Zoe Naylor.
• Twenty eight page pocket A6 booklet Oak, Fern and Daisy: ‘The Folklore, Culture and Magic of the Plant Kingdom’ By Jez Winship.
• Link to the 16mm film ‘Pattern of Light’ by Mary and David
• All contents housed within a unique plant relief printed hand numbered manilla sleeve
• Contains seed envelope harvested by the Folklore Tapes group.

1) t/e/u/ – Balm (Melissa officinalis)
2) The Silver Funz – Birch (Betula sp.)
3) Joshua Bonnetta – Cactus (Cactaceae sp.)
4) Kelly Jayne Jones – Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus)
5) David Chatton Barker – Elder (Sambucus nigra)
6) James Green – False Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)
7) Arianne Churchman – Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
8) Paper Dollhouse – Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
9) Belbury Poly – Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
10) Sam McLoughlin – Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)
11) Carl Turney & Brian Campbell – Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
12) David Jaycock – Hottentot-fig (Carpobrotus edulis)
13) Stu Bannister – Houseleek (Sempervivum sp.)
14) Hugh Metcalfe – Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
15) Mary Stark – Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
16) Delphine Dora – Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
17) Sally Golding – Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
18) Ian Humberstone – Red Bog Moss (Sphagnum capillifolium)
19) Magpahi – Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
20) Zoe Naylor – Nettle (Urtica dioica)
21) Hannah Leighton Boyce – Oak (Quercus robur)
22) Joe Duddell – Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
23) Xian Orphic – Orchid (Orchidaceae )
24) Steve Patterson – Plantain (Plantago major)
25) Mary & David – Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
26) Bridget Hayden – Sage (Salvia officinalis)
27) Modern Studies – Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
28) Alice Hartley – Teasel (Dipsacus sylvestris)
29) Jennifer Reid – Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
30) Dean McPhee – Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
31) Eva Bowen – Willow (Salix sp.)

The Belbury Circle – Outward Journeys
(featuring John Foxx)

3rd November 2017 on LP, CD, DL and Cassette.

 

 

Sleep Games LP re-issue
and Ghost Box Slipmat

A re-issue of the first Pye Corner Audio LP for Ghost Box, Sleep Games is available now.

On heavyweight vinyl, with colour inner sleeve and download code card inside . Design by Julian House with liner notes by the late Mark Fisher.

“…could be the long-awaited high-five between Vangelis and Boards of Canada.”
Drowned in Sound

“Pye Corner Audio’s latest is the marquee example of Ghost Box at their most distilled, their most essential: reaching beyond by reaching within.”
Dusted Magazine

Also this week and exclusive to our shop is this thick felt Ghost Box logo slipmat.

Concrete Jingles
by The Twelve Hour Foundation

You may remember The Lighter Side of Concrete by The Twelve Hour Foundation, a masterly homage to the Radiophonic Workshop’s John Baker and a popular Ghost Box Guest album. They have a new download album of jingles and library-esque pieces in the BBC tradition. It’s called Concrete Jingles and it’s in aid of a very good cause, as Jez Butler of the band explains…

“This mini-album / EP was planned following the news that our friend Robert Baldock had suffered a stroke. Robert (aka DJ Bongoboy) will be familiar to many as one of the two voices behind The Project Moonbase podcast, and has offered much support and encouragement to The Twelve Hour Foundation over the past four years: broadcasting our music, promoting us via social media, and, on one occasion, driving to a gig in Scotland to lend us a synth when our Moog’s power supply died. 

All proceeds from this album will be donated to The Charles Bell Pavilion (brain and neurological rehabilitation) the unit within the Astley Ainslie Hospital where Robert is currently undergoing various therapies. 

We wish him a speedy recovery!”

…as do all at Ghost Box

 

Stop-Motion Happening & The Owl’s Map
Out today.

Stop-Motion Happening by The Focus Group LP,CD and DL

“…we need more of this sort of thing. The problem is nobody, absolutely nobody, does this sort of thing other than Julian House. He really is on his own out there.” Electronic Sound

 

The Owl’s Map by Belbury Poly (re-mastered) LP and DL

“…some of the most delightful electronica to arise in Britain since Aphex Twin, the Black Dog and Global Communication.” The Sunday Times

 

Agri Montana
by Jon Brooks

 A new album by Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle, Pattern Forms, The Belbury Circle) is available now on his own Café Kaput label, as a download from Bandcamp.

Inspired by Alpine landscapes and performed entirely on the Buchla Music Easel and ARP Odyssey. Artwork by Ian Hodgson of Moon Wiring Club.

Stop-Motion Happening
& The Owl’s Map LP re-issue
Pre-Order Now

 

The Owl’s Map was the second album for Belbury Poly, first released in 2006. It’s music that is by turns, jaunty and dark and was inspired by TV soundtracks, folk and library music and 1970s electronic music technology. It established the mood and the imagined geography of Belbury, the fictional parallel-world setting for the record label itself.

This re-issue has been specially remastered by Jon Brooks for this first outing on vinyl. Ghost Box designer, Julian House has adapted the original CD artwork to the new heavyweight vinyl format. It includes a colour card inner sleeve with a visitor’s guide to Belbury and a free download code card. The vinyl version is released on 14th July 2017 and you can pre-order it from our shop now. The re-mastered digital version is currently being re-distributed to all major download suppliers and will replace the older version by the release date on the 14th.  You’ll be able to buy the new remastered digital version from our shop on mp3 or lossless flac next week. (We’ll update the exact time of availability right here, as soon as we can.)

Also released on 14th July and available to pre-order now, is the new album from The Focus Group, Stop-Motion Happening. On LP, CD and DL.

Stop-Motion Happening
with the The Focus Group
coming July

Stop-Motion Happening with The Focus Group.

New album on LP, CD & DL 14th July.

Pre-orders from 23rd June.

ToiToiToi – Im Hag
Out Now

Im Hag by ToiToiToi is out today on LP, CD or download. As always the beautiful CD and LP packaging is designed by Julian House. (The 180gm vinyl LP includes a free download card.)

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.

 

New in the Ghost Box Guest Shop
Jon Brooks, Howlround & Keith Seatman

Available now in the Ghost Box Guest Shop

Autres Directions – Jon Brooks

We have secured the very last of the first pressing of Jon Brook’s (The Advisory Circle) Autres Directions.  This beautiful and meditative album for Clay Pipe Music takes inspiration from the French countryside.

The Guest Shop copies are from , a hand numbered limited run of 500 clear vinyl copies. Including a free download code card.  Artwork and design by Frances Castle are to the usual high standard of all Clay Pipe releases.

Part episodic series of ethereal soundscape canvasses, part field recording driven hauntological essay, part ambient/prog reinterpretation of the kind of approach the likes of Pink Floyd, Harmonia or Eno were aiming for in the 1970’s – In totality it reflects all of this whilst retaining its own robust identity and makes for a deeply immersive sonic experience that reveals great depth with repeated listens.
The Active Listener.

As impressive and immersive as anything I’ve heard, this collection is a testament to Brooks’ skill as a sound designer and songwriter.
Piccadilly Records.

All hold hands and off we go – Keith Seatman

Unsettling pastoral electronica on this 5th CD album from Keith Seatman. He’s joined on two tracks by vocalist Douglas Powell.

Excellent stuff…
Simon Reynold’s Blissblog

Surreal retro analogue visions slide in and out of haunted fever dreams in this woozy, uniquely psychedelic, Radiophonic-flavored concoction that’s suffused with ambivalent subconscious.
Electronic Sound Magazine

A Creak in Time – Howlround

Howlround’s immersive and awe-inspiring soundtrack to a film by Steven McInerney. The heavyweight 180g vinyl LP comes with printed inner sleeve, digital download and a link to stream the full 27 minute film in HD online.

This recording may be Howlround’s most substantial statement to date.
Wire

As a rumination on both the firmament and the infinitesimal, A Creak in Time is timeless and singular: a cinematic triumph of style and substance.
Wallpaper Magazine

Howlround will be performing A Creak in Time at DJ Food’s Further in West Norwood, London, this Saturday night 6th May. Along with a four screen film show and DJ set from Ghost Box records, and film and music from DJ Food.

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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