Friday, April 17, 2009

Ghost Box…very cool, very free

Wandered somehow into the Ghost Box Records “greedbag” page of free downloads today (start here and sign up for the mailing list). This offbeat British electronic label specializes in odd little collages of archival sounds…

Right now, they’re offering a three-track Ghostly Box EP, with two short cuts from The Focus Group and one from the Advisory Circle. The Advisory Circle’s “Spider’s Web,” plays with lucid electronic keyboards, their clear tones criss-crossing like arc lights over a velvety black horizon. The Focus Group kicks in two, the found-sound mirage of “Broohahja” where luminous bells and malletted percussion materialize over electronic click-clackery, and “Hava Take” built on densely layered textures of guitars, synthesizers and bells…all familiar, recognizable sounds but abutting each other in odd, asymmetrical ways.

There’s a lot more, too, if you like this kind of thing.

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