of the hauntological shifts itself skywards into the dubious
realms of pseudo- archaeology and paleocontact hypotheses
with this release. Taking the ancient astronaut theories of
Erich Van Daniken, Zacharia Sitchin and Robert KG Temple as
its starting point, From An Ancient Star pushes the
Ghost Box nostalgia trip into uncharted territories, to the
stars and beyond.
ideas which maintain that intelligent extraterrestrials have
already visited Earth and that this contact is linked to the
origins of human culture came to prominence at the back-end
of the 60s. They’ve been heavily criticised for their
unsubstantiated nature by, among others, the respected
scientist Carl Sagan . A similar charge of simplistic
naivety could be levelled at this suite of songs, but
there’s no denying their quaint and quirky charms.
with the theme, of both album and label, this is a decidedly
backwards- looking futurism, where fuzzy Moogs and burbling
electronic brooks get heavy on the analogue, providing easy-
listening facsimiles of what those in the past thought we’d
be listening to in years to come (erm... maybe that’s now?).
If you get a buzz from the gauzy, retro-lounge aesthetic of
groups such as Boards Of Canada and Plone, then there’s
plenty here for you to savour.