Jason Draper, Record Collector Belbury Poly,
Farmerís Angle (Revised Edition)
Pro-tractor field recordings
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.
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.