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Excellent sampler for unique label
on 10 August 2013
The Ghost Box label is one of the more unique British labels currently existent, putting out records that as a collected body of work evoke a particular strain of somewhat lost British culture, one largely informed by the science fiction, children's programming and safety films of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Much of these influences were soundtracked by music and special effects produced or inspired by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a major influence for most if not all the artists here. On top of that there's often a layer of haze which itself evokes the distance that time has erected between this music and its influences, a kind of aural representation of the memory process. The subject of Hauntology often comes up in discussions of these and similar artists, being very generally the effects of experiencing the past through the lens of the present. There's a lot been said about that by some very clever people, so if it sounds interesting to you I recommend a quick search to find out more.
To my ears the music here sounds most akin to the aforementioned Radiophonic Workshop or Boards of Canada, themselves no stranger to exploring the haziness of memory with spooky analog synths. If that sounds like your kind of thing then why not give it a go? It could be a gateway into the interesting and rewarding catalogue of music surrounding this label.