the focus group
the most sonically rich, enjoyable & psychedelic record so far from ghost box's co-manager & graphic designer julian house.
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. On 'Elektrik Karousel', with help in the studio from Broadcast, house weaves his samples into a rich tapestry of electronics, fuzzed guitar & processed exotic instrumentation together with fractured skipping rhythms & submerged melodies. There's a weird alchemy at work that manages to distill essences of jazz, psychedelia & soundtracks into something utterly unique. think Czech animation, Italian Giallo, early Radiophonics, HP Lovecraft stories, 1960s underground cinema, Lewis Caroll & baroque psych!