Wednesday, September 23, 2009
the mighty Ghost Box, running tings this season, again
well the first one is technically on Warp but still it's Ghost Box to all intents
Transactional Dharma: got to be honest, didn't have high expectations for this one, "former keyboard player of Broadcast", it has a bit of a Mick Talbot solo album ring to it... BUT, you know what, it's excellent -- totally Ghostbox-aligned yet completely distinctive as a musical voice, like The Advisory Circle... such an intricate eerieness to the production
As for Witch Cults of the Radio Age: it's Focus Group playing Unit Delta Plus to Broadcast's the-other-ones-in-White-Noise
With Belbury's From An Ancient Star kicking off 2009 with a sparkling return to full form after the slightly too pastiche-y Owl's Map, Ghost Box have had a very good year... I'm quietly chuffed that this label (and this entire soundzone of whatever-you-wanna-call-it: see also Leyland Kirby's epic 3cd sadly, the future is no longer what it was - harold budd meets fredric jameson in a barbiturate fog -- and the forthcoming Mordant Music lp SyMptoMs) are marking their half-decade in such fine style... Eat dung, naysayers!