Rob Young, The Wire: Review of The Advisory Circle
July 2006

The Ghost Box label is a boutique operation dedicated to distilling the essence of a particular moment in English media culture, encapsulated in this short EP by The Advisory Circle (aka Jon Brooks). These eight tracks offer an uncanny blend of library music, institutional electronica, BBC Open University audiologophonics and daft, po-faced clips sampled and distorted from daytime science programmes. If that mix seems nerdy and limited in scope, there's a great deal of contemporary electronica that's more dated than this, and for anyone whose ears were growing during the 70s, its earnest electronics and broadwinged optimism get surprisingly deep under the skin.