Friday, 26 May 2017

Some nice things said about the new one

 Some rather nice things said about the new album: 
Surreal retro analogue visions slide in and out of haunted fever dreams in this woozy, uniquely psychedelic, Radiophonic-flavored concoction that's suffused with ambivalent subconscious.
Carl Griffin Electronic Sound Magazine 28 (April 2017) 

Unsettling pastoral electronica on this 5th CD album from Keith Seatman.
He’s joined on two tracks by vocalist Douglas Powell.
Jim Jupp (Ghost Box Records)

Odd In A Nightcap And Cup’ and ‘Please, Is It You’ very much recall Broadcast, ‘Tap Tap’ could be The Human League Mark One doing incidental music for Blake’s Seven and once again, Devon-based folky Douglas E Powell contributes some Syd-esque vocals on the haunting ‘Mr Metronome.
Jon Mojo Mills Shindig Issue 67 (May 2017)

The mixing and seamlessly combining and bringing together of atmospheres that you would not normally connect with one another is probably one of the defining aspects of the album; this is an unsettling, playful, warm, comforting, distant, familiar, experimental work with an intriguing pop edge.
A Year in the Country (April 2017)

Strange exotica, repeated samples and a sense of quiet adventure are found on Keith Seatman‘s all hold hands and off we go.
A Closer Listen (April 2017)

An album length sonic journey into the surreal, the strange and the sinister, a psychedelic pseance populated by waking dreams, nocturnal nightmares and supernatural forbearance, a melodic map of discovered Barrett-esque continents and hitherto beyond the eye magick lands. Trippy stuff.
The Sunday Experience (Jan 2017) 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Cold War Colossus


Air Vents
Telephone Exchange
P.A Systems valve amplifier
The BBC Broadcast...........all is well
Prime Ministers Bathroom

The Burlington Bunker was also known as Site 3, Stockwell, Subterfuge, Turnstile and Hawthorn Central Govenment War Headquarters. Burlington was built in 1956 and finished in 1961. The simple purpose of this place was to house The British Govenment in the event of a Nuclear War. The Bunker could accomodate up to 4,000 Government ministers, Military, Intelligence and Security bods, plus support staff. Definitely not for Joe Public. For us it was time to paint the windows white and lean the doors up against the wall (see Protect and Survive or The 1984 BBC Drama doc Threads).

Burlington was between 60 and 130 feet below ground and was 1km long and 200 metres across. To get round this underground labyrinth there was a fleet of electric buggies. At the time of impending Crisis/Nuclear Attack, 4,000 essential workers would assemble at a Check Point. This Check Point was Warminster and from there a fleet of army vehicles would have to transport the staff to the Burlington site. The problem was that it was believed the Soviets had targeted Burlington so even though it was blast proof, it could not have withstood a direct hit from an ICBM. So the bunker was pretty much obsolete not long after it was built.

The Burlington Bunker is now up for sale. With the size and the scale of the place the chance of it ever being open to the public is very slim which is a great shame. Sadly with the way things are, some of these underground giants might be used again.
© Crown Copyright: images reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Quiet Man

Many many years ago the In The City Fanzine produced a book called Ultravox Past Present and Future. Naturally being a fan of Ultravox/John Foxx I ordered a copy. I still have that copy and had a good old read of it recently. Apart from the usual (Band forms as Tiger Lilly, 1st album 2nd album, Steve Shears goes, Robin Simon replaces etc etc) it had the John Foxx short story The Quiet Man. So for your reading pleasure here is John Foxx's The Quiet Man.

Friday, 5 May 2017

all hold hands in the Ghost Box Guests shop

As from today a limited number of all hold hands an off we go will be available to purchase from the Ghost Box Records Guests shop. Digital and CD copies of all hold hands, and previous albums can also be purchased from Bandcamp.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Restless Field (A Year in the Country)

Pre-order available now 10th April 2017. Release date 2nd May 2017. Audio clips available here at Soundcloud.
Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
Audiological contents created by Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Bare Bones, Assembled Minds, Grey Frequency, Endurance, Listening Center, Pulselovers, Sproatly Smith, Polypores, Depatterning, Time Attendant, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.


The Restless Field is a study of the land as a place of conflict and protest as well as beauty and escape; an exploration and acknowledgment of the history and possibility of protest, resistance and struggle in the landscape/rural areas, in contrast with sometimes more often referred to urban events.
It takes inspiration from flashpoints in history while also interweaving personal and societal myth, memory, the lost and hidden tales of the land.
References and starting points include: The British Miners Strike of 1984 and the Battle Of Orgreave. Gerrard Winstanley & the Diggers/True Levellers in the 17th century. The first battle of the English Civil War in 1642. The burying of The Rotherwas Ribbon. The Mass Tresspass of Kinder Scout in 1932. Graveney Marsh/the last battle fought on English soil. The Congested Districts Board/the 19th century land war in Ireland. The Battle Of The Beanfield in 1985.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Test Transmission Archive Reel 29


Starting off this time we have a bit of Nuts in May, followed by all sorts of audio goodness like Renaldo and the Loaf, Simon Heartfield, The Comit is Coming, Basil Kirchin, Carl Orff, Gong, Belbury Poly & Moonwiring Club, Shirley Collins, Tongues of Fire, Deep Purple, Dudley Morre Trio and plenty more. Have been working on ideas for Test Transmission Archive Reel 30 recently. To celebrate reaching 30 this will be a TV Themes and OST only Test Transmission. So until then (Summer) sit back and enjoy a bit of Keith and Candice Marie.

Monday, 10 April 2017

all hold hands and off we go OUT NOW

Surreal retro analogue visions slide in and out of haunted fever dreams in this woozy, uniquely psychedelic, Radiophonic-flavored concoction that's suffused with ambivalent subconscious.
Carl Griffin Electronic Sound Magazine 28 (April 2017)

Strange exotica, repeated samples and a sense of quiet adventure are found on
Keith Seatman‘s all hold hands and off we go.
A Closer Listen (April 2017)

An album length sonic journey into the surreal, the strange and the sinister, a psychedelic pseance populated by waking dreams, nocturnal nightmares and supernatural forbearance, a melodic map of discovered Barrett-esque continents and hitherto beyond the
eye magick lands. Trippy stuff.
The Sunday Experience (Jan 2017) 

After a lot of stress uncertainty and upheaval over the last year or so, I have somehow managed to complete and release a new album. Its been a strange old journey this time round. I was starting to feel a bit lost and despondent with the whole recording process, and was not even sure if I wanted to do another album, I was seriously considering slinging in the old towel or at least having a very long break............I was bored...its that simple. Then something happened (like it does) and I felt quite inspired to record again. With this one I wanted to do something a bit lighter and a bit more uptempo in places. I knew I wanted to include Douglas E Powell for some more vocal duties, and my friend and Artist (Stalybridge born and bred) Greg Palmer had a lovely painting/image called Slush Puppy which I liked a lot. I knew I wanted to incorporate samples of this image into the cover art of the album because I wanted the overall feel of the album to be a tad more bright and optimistic, and I also knew the album had to be released in Spring or Summer. I entered into recording/composing the music with a slightly different feel and attitude than before. Optimism was the name of the game, and looking at it all now I am quite happy with it, which is a step forward for me. Sadly my plan was to make this one vinyl, but it just did not happen. So that's it really. Whats next?? there are long term plans for a couple of EPs and I have recorded a number of tracks for some other projects that are in the pipeline.
 CD and Digital download of all hold hands and off we go is available from Bandcamp
Or if the mood takes you, you might even fancy getting all 5 albums as downloads fo £16.25.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

All That is Solid Melts in to Air/Simon Heartfield

The first album from Simon Heartfield for one and half years and is 12 tracks of completely superb and spot on new material, released by Limbic Productions available via Bandcamp, digital only price £5. Pre-Order from Bandcamp Here

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dinky's and Regrets

About 14 years ago I had a massive clear out (personal reasons) it was time to get rid of loads of old tat, things in boxes I would never really look at again. One of the boxes I cleared out was full of my old wonderful Dinky and Corgi toys. I went a slightly odd and had a year zero approach to these things and out they all went. I was recently given an old Dinky Toys catalogue. I was a tad excited about this and as I flicked through the catalogue I realised how many good toys I had had that were in the catalogue, I also realised that they all got binned in my moment of madness. So here for your amusement and my everlasting ongoing regret, are images from the catalogue of the Dinky toys I got rid of. I won't even talk about the full set of original Star Wars Cards.
Joe 90 Car and Maximum Security Vehicle.
Sea King Helicopter and Harrier Jump Jet
Merryweather Fire Tender
Police Vehicles Gift Set
Ed Strakers Car 
 On the plus side I did save a few : )