The Focus Group – The Elektrik Karousel [on Ghost Box]


New sounds from Ghost Box are due to hit the shelves this Friday and The state51 Conspiracy are proud to announce that we will be selling the 12″ and CD’s to stores worldwide. Here’s the lowdown…

The Elektrik Karousel is the new album from The Focus Group, the alias of graphic designer and co-manager of Ghost Box records Julian House, and it’s the most sonically rich, enjoyable and psychedelic so far. It’s an evolution of the Cut-Up experiments of the earlier albums where House developed a musical style that mirrored his collaged design work. House’s graphics are familiar to millions through his work for Broadcast, Oasis, Primal Scream and Stereolab, amongst many others.

On Elektrik Karousel House, with help in the studio from Broadcast, weaves his samples into a rich tapestry of electronics, fuzzed guitar and processed exotic instrumentation together with fractured skipping rhythms and submerged melodies.

There’s a weird alchemy at work that manages to distil essences of jazz, psychedelia and soundtracks into something utterly unique. For a clue to its moods, think Czech animation, Italian Giallo, early Radiophonics, HP Lovecraft stories,1960s underground cinema, Lewis Caroll and baroque psych.

Given House’s design credentials, it will come as no surprise that GhostBox places great importance on physical products and has tweaked the formats this time round to produce a luxuriously packaged super heavyweight vinyl LP (complete with free download codes) and a highly desirable 8 panel digipackCD package. The design is heavily inspired by 1960s underground press and conceived as a kind of mind altering DIY board game.

The Focus Group – The Elektrik Karousel is set for global release on Friday 10th May 2013 and will be available from a number of outlets & online stores including Ghost Box’s very own Greedbag store (pre-order now available!)

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