Inspired by late 70s and early 80s electronica, The Advisory Circle's 'Ways of Seeing' is a meticulously produced and melodically rich body of work, Jon Brooks lacing the record with a sparkling, fresh vibe. Look out for cameos from Friendly Fire's Ed Macfarlane and Edd Gibson. A substantial, heavyweight record.
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- GBX031LP / Heavyweight vinyl LP on Ghost Box, featuring gold foil packaging
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It's actually pretty horrible to watch the sideshow surrounding this album. Phil has been excited for weeks about it. Hoping that he would like it as much as he likes the earlier the Advisory Circle records. Within 30 seconds of putting the needle down on the record his face is pained. He is a man utterly crushed and as it's all happened so publicly - pretty humiliated.
Y'see the Advisory Circle (like a lot of the Ghost Box stable) have moved into the 80's whereas our boss and leader is still stuck in the 70's idea of minimal electronics and library synth. Therefore the lush, dreamy synth scapes of 'Ways of Seeing' have more in common with the sort of synthesizers used on Luther Vandross B sides or Duran Duran's 'Save A Prayer'. Which often isn't a bad thing there's a certain balearic charm to these hazy instrumental pieces, something that flirts with the edge of new age music. It demands utterly nothing of the listener other than to lie down and enjoy the soft sounds... perhaps only getting up to skip the track with the spoken word sample on.
A pretty nice non-demanding relaxation tape and don't you know it's the 80s now. Get on board. It's all about white linen trousers and hanging round on yachts. Who needs the miserable old '70s eh?
6/10 Paul Customer review, 13th June 2018
I like The Advisory Circle, but I'm with Phil on this one. I enjoy lots of post-70s music, but the 80s was mostly a decade of hideous drum machine sounds, tinny production and too much hairspray/gel/mousse, so apart from electro and hip hop it's a period I'd rather not be reminded of too much. Clinton's review sounds about right, as it does have certain balearic qualities and is very much like Duran Duran minus the vocals, except with superior production/mastering - the bass on track one is quite deep and enveloping. I skipped briefly through the other tracks and that was enough.
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