Empty Avenues
John Foxx and The Belbury Circle


John Foxx only had a couple of minor hits to his name in the early 80s, but his Metamatic LP has been cited by any number of nouveau electreau artists from Plaid to Adult. Now his plangent voice and bleak edgelands aesthetic has been pounced on by Ghost Box’s Jim Jupp and Jon Brooks, aka The Belbury Circle. The electronic pop arrangements remain on the pleasant side of retro, but the light dusting of digital processing applied to Foxx’s vocal, and suburban-existentialist lyrics (“There’ve been so many ways to go/And we walk them all alone/And everyone must choose/From all these avenues” ), prove irresistibly spooky.
Rob Young.