Pre-order The Path by Belbury Poly NOW

The Path is the latest album from Belbury Poly (aka Ghost Box records founder Jim Jupp). It's available for pre-order now and is out on 4th August on LP, CD, download and streams. With artwork by Julian House, the LP version comes with a free download code card, and the CD and digital versions include four bonus instrumental tracks.

This time round Jim Jupp (second right) has recruited a full band roster to expand his own unique electronica. He is joined by Jesse Chandler (left) of Midlake, Mercury Rev & Pneumatic Tubes, on flute, clarinet and keyboards, regular Belbury Poly guitar and bassist Christopher Budd  (second left), author and narrator Justin Hopper (right)  and, Max Saidi  (not pictured) on drums.

Musically it takes as its starting point a particular moment of early 1970s British film soundtracks by the likes of Roy Budd and Roger Webb; a soundworld of easy-going jazz and funky rhythms gently coloured with pastoral strings and flutes. The Path, however, is unmoored from time or place thanks to Hopper’s narrative style, Chandler’s rustic flutes and keys, Budd’s soulful psychedelic guitars and Jupp’s production and electronics. Hopper's words form a loose, open-ended narrative and it's not just a continuous reading.  The vocal passages are interspersed at intervals in a very musical way amongst the instrumental passages. It's very much an album with spoken word rather than a spoken word album.

21st June 2023