Boomkat Product Review:
The 2004 debut Belbury Poly album by Jim Jupp, 'The Willows' set Ghost Box's hauntological agenda.
Rightfully reissued, it's especially nice to have the beautiful artwork to fondle and gawp at. An Algernon Blackwood quote on the sleeve sums the vibe perfectly "It's the sound of their world, the humming in their region. The division here is so thin that it leaks through somehow. But, if you listen carefully, you'll find it's not above so much as around us. It's in the willows".
Its frothy electronics, churning synth sounds and enchantingly off-key melodies are purely evocative of the Radiophonic workshop and the likes of Raymond Scott, but there's also a spooky element that defines this age from that, and it's that ambiguity between optimistic futurism and an underlying darkness of reality, that helps make this album so well loved.
For fans of Boards Of Canada, Broadcast or Moon Wiring Club.