Label: Ghost Box – GBX015 LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 08 Jul 2011
Style: Leftfield, Musique Concrète, Experimental, Ambient
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Belbury Music – 2011
Phonographic Copyright (p) – State51 Conspiracy, The – 2011
Copyright (c) – Ghost Box – 2011
Composed By, Mastered By – Jon Brooks
Cover [Design] – Julian House
Liner Notes – Ronald Hutton
Realised at New YattSounds.
"The Patchwork Explains" is dedicated to the memory of Trish Keenan.
Orders from the official web store come with a downloadable zip file including the full album in VBR MP3 or FLAC format (with the two extra tracks available on CD) plus the artwork in pdf.
Durations are taken from files.
A1 Logotone I - Decisions 0:15
A2 Now Ends The Beginning 3:28
A3 Here! In The Wychwoods 3:10
A4 The Patchwork Explains 2:54
A5 Everyday Hazards 2:50
A6 Ceridwen 1:16
A7 As The Crow Flies 4:27
A8 Innocence Elsewhere 1:31
A9 Logotone II - The New Traffic Signs 0:06
B1 Modern Through Movement 2:39
B2 Learning Owl Reappears 3:54
B3 Further Starry Wisdom 2:35
B4 We Cleanse This Space 2:37
B5 Beyond The Wychelm 4:35
B6 Logotone III - Eyes Inside You 0:09
B7 Route Along 18 Corners 2:52
B8 Wheel Of The Year 5:03
The Advisory Circle's 2008 album Other Channels is one of the best things Ghost Box have ever released, and having kept himself busy since then with various releases on his own Cafe Kaput label, Jon Brooks is now back in AC mode to drop the eagerly awaited follow-up, As The Crow Flies - and what a fiendishly good record it is. As ever with this project, the primary inspiration is the sinister undertones of public information films and wyrd 70s TV broadcasting in general, but As The Crow Flies charts less obviously sample-based territory than its predecessor; this outing is a little less about those hauntological ambiences and paternal monologues (though they're still very much attendant), more about composition and songcraft, with elaborate synthesizer arrangements and elegant folky inflections aplenty. An agreeable psychedelic whimsy characterises the record, but it's not all library music twee; you never know when there's going to be a handbrake-turn into darkness, dissoluton and abstraction: see 'Modern Through Movement', which is proto-techno by way of Berlin school kosmische, and especially 'We Cleanse This Space', a truly eerie, inspired concoction of reverbed children's choir and limpid afro-dub percussion. Hell, closing number 'Lonely Signalman' is nothing short of vocodered pop. This is perhaps As The Crow Flies' greatest achievement: that it manages to adhere to the very specific rules and requirements of the Ghost Box universe while also representing a hefty artistic leap forward for its maker. Terrific stuff.