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Boomkat Product Review:
Julian House's brilliant second album, originally released in 2005.
It collects nineteen exquisitely fragile pyschedelic explorations of 60s/70s soundtrack ephemera, cutting and pasting them together with a mesh of mind-glue and gauzy FX until the whole thing appears just out of focus, crafting a gently undulating topography pocked with darker corners and crevices that catch the ear/eye and draw us into very strange places. It's a quaint idyl, marred by moments of inexplicably harrowing imagery and arcane sounds that brilliantly jar with the painstakingly constructed edifice, which is itself unmistakably disturbing. The questions this album and the rest of the Ghost Box ouevre have posed are manifold, and explored in much further depth in the discussions of Hauntology occurring around the blogosphere and in academic circles. These are strange sounds that inspire and intrigue, and surely must be experienced by anyone with an interest in the output of Jonny Trunk's label or the sonic miniatures of the BBC Radiophonic workshop's John Baker, Daphne Oram or Delia Derbyshire. Massively recommended!