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The Advisory Circle

Erosion Of Time

The Advisory Circle

Erosion Of Time

Sublime 70's sci-fi theme trippiness.

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ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI

the drummer

ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI

the drummer

Archaic drum machines and severely woozy dynamics with a defiantly lo-fi aesthetic.

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NITE JEWEL

What Did He Say

NITE JEWEL

What Did He Say

Like a long-lost dream-pop classic floating out of the dry ice mists of time

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BURIAL

Gutted.

BURIAL

Gutted.

Urban decayed textures over an overwhelming paean to forgotten rave bliss.

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LEYLAND KIRBY

Don't Sleep I'm Not What I Seem, I'm A Very Quiet Storm

LEYLAND KIRBY

Don't Sleep I'm Not What I Seem, I'm A Very Quiet Storm

Spectral melodrama captured with a hazily impressionistic touch...

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Demdike Stare

Suspicious Drone

Demdike Stare

Suspicious Drone

The subliminal ghosts of too many underground British horror films and smoky late nights.

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Vernon Elliott

Apprehensive Music

Vernon Elliott

Apprehensive Music

Influential, evocative and oddly unnerving score to 70's childrens animation Ivor The Engine

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Belbury Poly

The Hidden Door

Belbury Poly

The Hidden Door

Magical Radiophonic tribute from Ghost Box founder and celebrated graphic designer Jim Jupp.

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Roj

Brain Sync

Roj

Brain Sync

Queasy analog electronics with a darkly naive edge from former Broadcast keyboardist.

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MORDANT MUSIC

Dungeon Sequence

MORDANT MUSIC

Dungeon Sequence

Gravely sinister ambience from an underrated Mordant classic.

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KRENG

Kolossus

KRENG

Kolossus

Dramatic confabulation of samples and b-movie chamber jazz with a Hammer Horror feel.

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ISAN

Betty's Lament

ISAN

Betty's Lament

Echoes of childhood Astronomy classes rise through this sublime electronic lullaby.

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Arthur Birkby,Barbara Moore Singers

Cuckoo

Arthur Birkby,Barbara Moore Singers

Cuckoo

Purest innocence with an underlying psychotomimetic potential

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THE CARETAKER

False Memory Syndrome

THE CARETAKER

False Memory Syndrome

Musical memories reclaimed and distorted by secretive processes.

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This time on 14tracks:

“Hauntology: A peculiar sonic fiction”

The discourse developed around Jacques Derrida's concept of 'Hauntology' and its application to music in the minds of writers like Simon Reynolds, K-Punk and David Toop is one of the most discussed philosophical and aesthetic musical ideas of recent years. Derrida's original use of the phrase can be linked to a sense of 'threading the present through the past', or a ghostly re-imagining of the past defining our existence. But in its musical sense, Hauntology has been used to describe a gathering of disparate artists dealing in "haunted" sonics; music resonating with the emotions and feelings of past analog, and digital ghosts. While there are many interpretations of the concept, we've taken it to cover artists who have tried to to re-engage with intangible musical feelings and experiences that have affected their formative years or that have become forever ingrained on their sonic psyche, without merely rehashing them as pastiche. Looking specifically at the British musical landscape of the early 21st century, it's been said that after the 'death of rave' we're experiencing a sort of creative comedown, where the dubbed ectoplasmic traces of the musical past are caught in an ever-decreasing feedback loop of nostalgia seeping through music and other artistic forms, resonating echoes of intangible elements from days gone by. Our selection veers from The Caretaker's apparitional sample morphology, through Ariel Pink's exquisite MOR narco-pop, the Ghost Box label's miniaturised vision of middle England, onto Burial's mournful rave dreams, all leaving an abstract yet indelible mark on this very particular musical landscape we find ourselves in today.

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On 14 Oct 09:57 andrew sinden said:

“a different world...”

...and you've just sent me there. This is really what discovering music should be about, thankyou once again...

On 14 Oct 10:20 Dom said:
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“Down down deeper & down...”

...and I don't want to come back up

A fantastic collection and something I was hoping you would cover. You read my mind and here we have it - a great collection of darkly beautiful music.

More please!

On 14 Oct 15:00 said:
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I couldn't agree more on these comments.
More please...
See you next week

On 14 Oct 17:04 rezil said:

“When i was...”

Yes you sent me there, where actually i don't know but i feel, where never been but always there. Maybe childhood is another country, where we all lived. This album reminds us, sound is timetravelling.

On 14 Oct 21:10 Ian said:

“Elitest Obscurism”

I thought I was open minded but apparently not as much as I thought. The track by Arthur Birkby,Barbara Moore Singers, "psychotomimetic"? Are you kidding me? And I really can't find even a tenuous link between that track and the Burial one. I've loved some of these 14 track selections, but this for me is absolute nonsense that reeks of elitest obscurism.

On 14 Oct 22:16 said:
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“Brilliant Selection of Haunting Tracks !”

prolly your best ever 14tracks compilation! thank you! ... wish they were in FLAC tho....

On 14 Oct 23:06 andrew harris said:

“intangible memories”

an extremely evocative selection of tracks, oddly nostalgic, eerie and heartwarming. Bravo.

On 15 Oct 01:25 Sean McGonagle said:
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“Glad to see some Ghost Box here”

I had suggested Ghost Box as a 14tracks selection a while back. It's great to see some of those releases appear here. Plus I love the overall take on the topic of hauntology. A wonderful collage of audio.

On 15 Oct 03:00 Tim said:

“I just don't know”

I like these artists. I like Derrida's "Specters of Marx." I have to admit, though, I don't see in the slightest what the former has to do with the latter.

On 15 Oct 04:46 Coffee Table Defense Committee said:

“'Hauntology' is older than last week...”

Not to sound too much the curmudgeon, but hauntology in relation to pop music is mostly another flavour-of-the-week buzz word people are using to sell records. And there certainly are a lot of newcomers jumping on board. But what this selection does not make obvious is the fact that hauntology in music goes back not just a quarter-century ago to when William Basinski was first constructing his decayed tape-loop masterpieces such as "The River", but in fact farther back in time - 40 years ago in fact - to Gavin Bryars' "The Sinking of the Titanic". In all the crop of the current heroes of hauntology - The Caretaker most particularly - the basic template of what they're fashionably exploiting now was laid down long ago by Bryars. Ironically perhaps, neither he nor Basinski is represented or alluded to in this selection.

On 15 Oct 06:37 Eduardo said:

“I'm still listening”

LOL,,Whats that Caretaker? I'm Astonished, one of the best ambient track i ever heard...

On 15 Oct 07:03 Eduardo said:

“>>>”

And i like the Arthur Birkb song, i think it was nicely chosen, amusing . The Isan one have something of Diagram Vl by D'Arcangelo, the last one is better of course. Belbury Poly sounds as if Tomita was joining forces with Morricone. The Nite Jewel song is a golden diamantic jewel. Advisory Circle have something early DepecheMode, Leyland Kirby song would nicely fit in an Eno-Budd album and just as the Mordant Music one would help in a Headache.Yes,,music to cure a headache.

On 15 Oct 08:52 14Tracks Boomkat said:
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“re: Coffee Table Defense Committee”

Firstly, thanks for your comments every week! Regarding this selection, we do not make any claim that this is a new concept or that somehow it 'begins' with any of the artists that have been included. There are plenty of considerations that go into these selections every week - and in this instance neither Basinski nor Bryars were an option. Basinski because we just recently did a selection focusing on his work alongside Philip Jeck, and Bryars because 'the sinking of the titanic' (in all of its many incarnations) is just too long to include as a continuous hour-long piece. As for 'newcomers jumping on board' - i don't think that any of these artists would particularly tag themselves as "hauntologists", its more that well respected writers/commentators like Simon Reynolds, K-Punk etc have identified theoretical and aesthetic commonalities and threads between a number of them. We've tried to produce a playlist that not only fits with the concept but that, above all else, we enjoy listening to. We have never claimed to be 'definitive' - we just know what we like.

On 10 Nov 20:40 rick mcclatchie said:

“thank you!”

i love every selection..thank you!

On 30 Jul 19:34 Dom Murphy said:
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“Yesterday Tomorrow”

I've had this selection since the week it came out and it's without doubt one of my favorites. A great obscure selection of retro flavoured electronica. Imagine late 70's, early 80's library music teaching you Pythagoras combined with haunted evenings in the woods. Brilliant.

On 18 Sep 12:09 Gmanyo said:

“Good, but...”

I love hauntology, and this is a great set, but I think any hauntology playlist without a single Boards of Canada song is incomplete. This may sound like one of those "y dont u have (insert band here) on this!!!!!1 they r the best and way bettr then this!!!" comments, but we're not talking about a musical genre here, we're talking about a style, and Boards of Canada is one of the biggest proponents of the hauntology music movement.

On 07 Nov 20:55 Chris Sharp said:
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“Finally a name”

My goodness. I only discovered this 'genre' today. I say discovered it, but I realise that this has been the style of music I've been writing for a while. I just didn't have an accurate name for it.

I'm so happy I've found this new word. Thank you.

At the core of what I do, I now know it's 'Hauntology'. I stick to it most of the time.

Oh, and ditto what the other guy said about Boards of Canada. ;)

On 16 Mar 02:19 Ian Luck said:
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“It's not just me, then...”

I'm of an age where most of the ideas behind this music make sense, where the dreamlike sense of unease and yes, in some cases, dread originate. I was frightened into silence by TV shows like ITV's 'Thriller', haunted by the unremitting dread of BBC's 'Doomwatch'; kept away from deep water and pylons by terrifying Public Information Films. [They worked - I'm still alive], and Children's TV was a different animal back then, with shows like 'The Changes'; 'Timeslip'; 'Children Of The Stones', and even shows for small kids were creepy, I'm thinking here of 'Pogles' Wood', a charming show from the great Smallfilms, with music by Vernon Elliot, which had an episode featuring a quite terrifying and menacing witch. I believe that it was only shown once. Hauntology as a genre has rather undefined borders, but I love it as I can hear all the little tropes and nuances from the half-remembered musics that lurk, in the darker recesses of one's mind. Your selection was top-notch, although I do agree about the lack of any Boards Of Canada material thereon. They are possibly the originators of this sort of sound, and a track I'd like to have seen featured would have been 'Gyroscope', featuring as it does, samples from one of those monumentally creepy 'Numbers Stations' broadcasts.