Label: Ghost Box – GBX706
Format: Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM
Released: 08 Apr 2011
Style: Abstract, Experimental
Design [Cover] – Julian House
Cotton wool steam clouds billow, pipe cleaner trees sway and newspaper pigeons take flight as Le Train Fantôme chuffs its way into the curious animated world of Jonny Trunk. Outside the station climb aboard a shoe box taxi and take a trip through the soggy streets of Cardboard Boxford.
And back home again in time for bed.
Pressed on thick heavy vinyl.
A Le Train Fantôme 3:20
B Cardboard Boxford 3:56
Another tiny package of joy from the proper on-form Ghost Box label, and this time around we find Trunk boss Jonny Trunk on the dials, eking the kind of sounds you’d expect to have found in 1963 on early episodes of Doctor Who from his jaw-dropping cache of samples. You already know that when you get your hands on anything from Trunk it’s gonna be special, but the gritty rhythmic pulse and discordant twang of ‘Le Train Fantome’ is instantly up there with the best the label have thrown out to date. Blending the light-hearted electronic experimentations of Delia Derbyshire with a near concrete sense of sample-laced weirdness that could place it alongside the fabled GRM studios, there’s not enough I can do to recommend that you hear this one LOUD. Flip the record over and we’ve got ‘Cardboard Boxford’, a woozy pizzicato strings ‘n rhythms cut that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Moondog record. Seriously good, seriously strange, seriously limited. Don’t sleep on this one, will ya.
Jonny Trunk - Le Train Fantôme (Clips) by Ghost Box