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.
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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.