Boomkat Product Review:
'The Séance at Hobs Lane' originally revealed itself on the Via Satellite label in 2001 before Ghost Box gave it a first resissue in '07, and now another for 2010.
It features a coven of prime electronic operators at the table, including the late John Balance of Coil, plus members of Add N to X, Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian alongside project instigator, Drew Mulholland, who has also produced music for Trunk and Durtro Jnana. Mulholland's interests in psychogeography, the occult and vintage British sci-fi scores heavily inform this CD, which couldn't be any more fitting for a Ghost Box release, really!
From the electro-acoustic depth charge of opener 'The Fog Detonator' we're dropped into the queer surroundings of the Jhonn Balance-remixed 'Hobgoblins' where hunchbacked brass cavorts with wheezing synths and sparkling bells somewhere in the ether. 'The Black Drop' hows another dimension to his oeuvre with rich, oaky strings reminding of some Wickerman incidental music and again 'Sir Keith at Lambeth' summons dense thickets of synth noise which believers of EVP may be able to draw something from.
'The Vauxhall Labyrinth' meanwhile uncannily evokes images of sheltering in an abandoned tube stop while a lonely sax plays from the other end of the platform and the dynamic noise movements of 'While London Sleeps' perhaps imagines an Orwellian future where drone bots hover outside your window, checking all is as it should. Mr Mulholland has crafted a sterling slice of aural magic with this album that should appeal to fans of avant-jazz, electro-acoustic, sci-fi soundtracks and of course those intrigued by the concept of hauntology. Highly Recommended.