Stewart Lee, Sunday Times Culture Magazine
April 2007,
Review of The Focus Group, We are all Pan's People

 

The graphic designer Julian House conceived the Focus Group as a package. Musically and visually, it exists in a half-remembered, prelapsarian, mid1970s paradise of BBC schools programming, weird children's-TV sci-fi soundtracks and lost library music. Nerds will enjoy spotting the samples - there's Hans Keller reviewing Pink Floyd at QEH in 1967 - and the cultural references. Should the Pan's People of the title conjure up the alluring, glam-era Top of the Pops dance troupe or the devil women of Arthur Machen's decadent 1890 novel The Great God Pan, quoted on the inner sleeve? Currently, the Ghost Box label is an internet-only concern, but albums like this will rapidly raise its profile.