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Ah, Belbury Poly. Not a bad band by any means, but they just can't get the edge over rivals Belbury Uni for some reason...I blame the more stringent application procedures. Undaunted, the Poly have come up with another platter of library sounds rearranged to make new brand new musics, 13 in total. All the synth tones are delightfully familiar from educational material of the '70s and '80s but there's a psychedelic modern edge, and some clear nods to the Canterbury sound, especially when a little girl starts singing a folky rondo in 'Green Grass Grows'. The new age-meets-medieval synth melodies actually remind me of the music from an old Mac game called Warlords which I'm almost certain nobody will remember. I think it's fascinating what these guys (and Ghost Box in general) do, manipulating the listener's own memory as a tool within their music to more easily evoke those images of youth and naivete. Their role is as much as tone archivists as musicians, and they've once again put together a deft collection of old memories cleverly housed in new songs that are immediately likeable.
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