Jason Draper, Record Collector
Belbury Poly, Farmerís Angle (Revised Edition)
December 2010

Pro-tractor field recordings

For many, the mid-00s will be the time that nu folk burgeoned and the likes of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and, towards the end of the decade, British darlings such as Laura Marling took things back to the power of one voice and a guitar, while legends such as Richard Thompson saw their stock continue to rise. Perhaps thatís no surprise. the end of the previous decade had been plagued by new Millennium fear and the threat of digital revolution implosion.

In the early part of the 21st Century the Y2K bug was still fresh in the mind as Ghost Box put out their debut release, a limited 3" CD of electro beauty at odds with the burgeoning nu folkers yet, with its pastoral dreamscapes, more in tune with Britain's idiosyncratic folk tradition. Its three tracks come here expanded into a mini-album, with a "re-imagining" of Cool Air (as Warm Air) courtesy of labelmates Advisory Circle. not a million miles away from Enoís Deep Blue Day, itís a perfect primer for anyone afraid of electrical currents, yet curious for a new warm bosom. Closing (and new) track Hither & Thon approximates what it must sound like when crop circles are being made, while the title piece is a gloriously jaunty piece of fun, part 70s kid show, part rumbling lorry, part whirling synth dervish - a refracted and restructured nostalgia that Ghost Box would go on to perfect; and, indeed, continue to do so.