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- Other Channels by The Advisory Circle
9/10 Phil Staff review, 14 March 2008
LP re-issue - read Phil's striking words from 2008 below - now spellchecked. We can see why that job at The Wire always eluded him.
First up is The Advisory Circle on Ghost Box with their brand new CD called 'Other Channels'. This is some pretty cool analogue sounding electronics and the whole thing sounds like the incidental bits you get in between the proper songs on Boards Of Canada albums. Its like 70's learning program music.... anyone seen 'Look Around You'? Its fucking great anyway. If Trunk released new records instead of novelty reissues or jewish jazz then they should be releasing records like this.
Apparently this style of music is called "hauntology" which I've not heard of before until Mingus piped up from his enormous beard. Hauntology makes me think of mad scouse 'length' from Most Haunted so I really can't take that seriously. Some may call this 'easy listening' and I guess it is easy on the ear but I reckon it's far from easy listening. A great trip through nostalgia accompanied by a 70's sounding analogue organ and a clever use of samples. One of the best electronic albums I've heard in ages and it reminds me of Tandy electronics which isn't something I've not thought about in a long time.
9/10 Very Comfortable Customer review, 8th July 2015
I got an email the other day. It was Norman Records asking me to review this LP I bought a few weeks ago. I now see it's sold out, so there's really no point in me going on and on about how great this album is. But it really is great. I used to listen to Boards Of Canada fifteen years ago. Then I started listening to all sorts of different things. Then I heard this album. It's sort of Boards Of Canada mixed with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and a bunch of Charley Says films. I won't get £10 for this review, but it doesn't matter because... I don't know... It's time for dinner now. Thanks Norman!
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