It seems that Jim Jupp’s long-running Belbury Poly project has managed to escape from the tangled maze of hauntology, and is pushing out into more unambiguously happy vintage territory! New Ways Out shimmers brightly with synths, flutes and guitars, and even grooves on some glam-rock stomp vibes at times. On Ghost Box.
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‘New Ways Out’ sees Ghost Box co-founder Jim Jupp break free of his hauntology confines with its tangled roots and hazy looking-back-in-wonder at a world which we kind of wished happened but most likely didn’t. Probably. Anyway, here Jupp has corralled together (loosely) an ensemble of session musicians to create an unusual kind of faux-spookiness which is rather more jaunty than the usual variety. So we have upbeat, even joyous versions of krautrock and folk through a (slightly) dusty TV soundtrack lens.
Coming across only a little camp and at times unsettling in its assemblage of vintage, synth-y instrumentals and acoustic jams featuring guitar, and flute on ‘Hey Now Here He Comes’. Tracks like ‘The New Harmony’ shimmer luminously under floaty keyboards and a ‘baa-ba-ba-ba-ba-babaa-ba’ repeato vocal. ‘Downstream’ features melodic vintage keys, gently loping along with shuffling electronic rhythm and a trickling synth melody which has me picturing a sunny afternoon rowing down the Ouse; which, incidentally, I have never done... And probably never will.
Any road up, this is a very pretty and listenable record. In a post-hauntology way, ‘course.
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