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- The Study Series 10: Message and Method by Belbury Poly and Spacedog
Phil just told me this is the last of the Ghost Box ‘Study Series’ 7”s. What will they do now? They’ll be at a loose end. “They’ll just have to bring some other records out I guess,” proffers Phil, “maybe start another series.” Then again he did say that this single was by Belbury Poly and Spacehog so we must take all this with a grain of salt...
Anyway, on this single we’ve got Belbury Poly and Spacedog making the sounds. On the first side is a cheeky little spook-pop ditty with vocals which alternate from sultry crooning to Meanwhile Back In Communist Russia-esque sad girl chat. I’m liking the cheeky synth bass line and dubby melodica details, and towards the end there’s a nice tinkly flowing piano line and it all starts to remind me of Plaid. Very tasteful post-dub electronica. The vocals are a bit high in the mix for my liking but apart from that it’s fine.
For me it’s all about the B side ‘Quiet Industry’, though. It’s a veritable party for the ears, samples of mill machinery form frenetically layered clockwork polyrhythms over a constantly shifting landscape of library synths and chopped up vocals and is that an oboe? I’m not sure, it’s all flying by so quickly. It’s relentless but richly detailed with a widescreen kind of toytown feel to it, looking down from so high you can see the whole city. A gorgeous chord progression and all sorts of rhythmic jiggery-pokery, it’s jittery and alive with a warm steampunk energy. Absolute blinder of a track. To break down my score here, It’s 7/10 for side A, 11/10 for side B, making an average of 9.
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