Boomkat Product Review:
Ghost Box co-convenor Julian House is back to haunt your waking dreams with a new album of imagined library cues, test-tones, telly themes and yellowed sound-postcards from a 70s childhood you may or may not have endured. This is his first solo album as The Focus Group since 2007's We Are All Pan's People, though of course in 2009 there was the magickal, expansive Broadcast collaboration Investigate Witch Cults of The Radio Age. In the best possible sense, it's a return to business as usual: a deviant collector's collage of ersatz soft-psych, pastoral jazz, public information announcements, mystic folk and oingy-boingy Open University electronics at once utopian, melancholy, twee, trippy and sinister. It says a lot about the fecundity of Ghost Box's aesthetic universe that House is still able to wrench material as fresh as this out of its soil, and with Belbury Poly and The Advisory Circle now pursuing a more prog and folk-influenced live band sound, Elektrik Carousel is the most satisfying Ghost Box emission in a while - at least for admirers of the unheimlich, shoppe-soiled sampladelia sensibility it was founded on.