Belbury Poly released one of the best albums of the year so far. A trippy combo of The Books-like sampling mixed with some amazing subtle electronic orchestration. If you hadn’t had the pleasure of enjoying Belbury Poly prior to this year’s record (like simple-minded folk like myself) perhaps you’ve also missed out on equally talented, similarly-veined artists like The Advisory Circle. Well friend, it’s time to bring that sad vacancy to an end. The Advisory Circle seem to play within a similar sandbox, but luckily that sandbox is rife with expansion capability. This song, “Wildspot” bounces from an almost Village Green Preservation Society bit of English folk to the warped synth of some 80s fantasy flick. Somehow it works magically.
“Wildspot” is the b-side of the new Belbury Poly/The Advisory Circle split 7″, out on Ghost Box now.
The Advisory Circle - Wildspot
Belbury Poly, the musical creature of Ghost Box head Jim Jupp, has been, on at least a few sites, described with term “hauntology.” Though I’ve never heard of “hauntology” the term seems fitting to this most recent entry in the Belbury Poly discography. “Cantalus” especially feels like a haunted house plagued by the cutest little Japanese ghost you’ve ever seen. Not the dark haired horrors of late-90s Japanese horror, but a tiny little girl with a dark haired bobcut and a yellow dress giggling as she runs across a shag carpet. She’s not out to eat your heart or pull you in to a life of internal mental misery, oh no, she just wants to show you what’s in the creepy room down the hall.
This has been a great week of musical discovery (Belbury Poly being one of the better things I’ve listened to in years) and I’d like to thank the work of top 5 all-time music blog Raven Sings The Blues for being particularly enlightening as of late.
Belbury Poly’s new album The Belbury Tales is out now on Ghost Box.
Belbury Poly – Cantalus