Another lovely thing of note in today is the first in a new series of highly collectible 7"s on the Ghost Box label. The Advisory Circle's Jon Brooks and Stereolab/High Llamas legend Sean O' Hagan get up close and personal with two wee vinyl faces of sweet sunshine pop delivered just in time for the weather to turn to shit. Being the first in the series and also the work of two highly regarded UK underground musicians we expect this to fly out so please don't snooze. You know you'll lose.
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This single is a gem. I enjoyed many instalments in the last series of collectible GB sevens but on none of them did the two idiosyncratic aural worlds of any of the collaborators gel in such a perfectly balanced fashion than on this two-faced dinky treat. This really is Advisory Circle meets High Llamas in both spirit and sound.
On the A side, we get a sparse and rather divine sounding blend of blissed-out crystalline dream-folk with sparingly delivered lullaby vocals and whimsical, pastoral analogue electronic bloopery. I love that word, it's well retro. If not actually real. The words "sunshine pop" are bandied around with nary a thought these days but the term could not be more appropriate when applied to 'Calibair', a truly care-free and beautifully rendered piece of timeless music.
'Mulcair' is an equally reflective but quite different mood piece with a playful kitsch lounge-folk aspect. The harmonica plays off the sleepy easy-going electric piano and slow-strolling nature of this largely instrumental track. Could be the faintly-off beat theme to a unrealised witching-hour TV series about eccentric country folk.
Totally worth it if you are a fan of either musician. Being the first in a new set on this most collectible of imprints, I'd not dilly-dally here.
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