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The Advisory Circle
From Out Here

The Advisory Circle — From Out Here (5th December, 2014)

              The Advisory Circle — From Out Here 
≈   Co se zpočátku zdá být pouze estetickou volbou, to lze stejně snadno interpretovat jako základní filozofii, která nevnímá realitu, jako právě tady a teď, ale hromadění tajných historií a pamětí, s podporou smyček, kde minulost má stále nedokončenou práci s přítomností.
≈   Ze všech umělců, soustředěných do hauntological kategorie, Brooks je možná ve svém přístupu nejvíce klasicky melodický, v původním vzdání se tajemné atmosférické hudební kultury ve prospěch pevných, dobře definovaných čar a obrysů. ≈   Inspirován Radiophonic dílnou a proto–elektronikou roku 1970, Brooks má zřejmou úplnou kontrolu nad svým materiálem, vytvářejícím obzvláště uspokojující a soudržný zážitek z poslechu. Exploring darker territory than  2012’s more pastoral As The Crow Flies, The Advisory Circle hint at a Wyndham–esque science fiction story, where bucolic English scenery is being manipulated and maybe even artificially generated by bizarre multi–dimensional computer technology.
≈   "Everything's fine, but there is something not quite right about it."
≈   Jon Brooks’ strong sense of melody and composition is still evident as is his renowned sound design and production skill. All of which make this a rich and rewarding experience.
Birth name: Jon Brooks
Also known as: King of Woolworths
Origin: England
Location: UK
Album release: 5th December, 2014
Record Label: Ghost Box
Duration:     55:00
01. Triadex Logotone      0:21
02. Escape Lane      4:02
03. Upon Oakston      4:54
04. From Out Here      1:08
05. Vibrations and Waves      4:03
06. Triadex Two Five Nine     1:47
07. Experiment!      3:56
08. All Alone In a Green and Pleasant Land      1:00
09. Causeway Ballet      5:27
10. Dexter Logotone      0:09
11. The Blue Energy Programme      5:41
12. Mr Foyster      1:18
13. Discipline Before Data      3:53
14. Mr Foyster Creates a Beach      0:41
15. Jessica Finds the Beach      3:08
16. Winter Hours      4:30
17. Crag Hey      0:41
18. Sine Seeing      2:19
19. Verberatim      0:59
20. Cobol Landing      3:21
21. The Walk Home      1:50
Laurie (Staff) on 26 November 2014; Score: 8/10
By Nick Neyland; January 13, 2015;  Score: 7.0
»•  Jon Brooks’ compositions as the Advisory Circle immaculately turn around one another, irrespective of the varying moods that beset him during recording. He moves from the outdoorsy pine of his 2011 record As the Crow Flies to the more inward facing From Out Here, carefully trailing links to make it sound recognizably him. It’s there in the perfectly interlaced synth lines, the air of Cold War nostalgia, the overriding sense that utopian thought has become a past construct.
•♦≈  Brooks works quietly, releasing music under varying guises, never looking for attention. It fits with his fondness for barely heralded musicians–synth pioneers who never got their dues, whose work now fuels a small part of the reissues industry. This is music that’s longing to be lost just as much as it is to be found, made with a knowledge of how the process of falling out of view can end up coloring works with a unique texture. Brooks finds a broad sound palette to explore on From Out Here, even more so than on his other works under this name. The best tracks often have a non–musical component, such as the ticking clock that keeps rhythm on the upwardly twirling synth patterns of “Winter Hours”, or the crackly spoken word transmission of the title track, which bears the cadence of a lost World War II–era recording. There’s even a concept driving it all, based around the arcadian English countryside being an artificial conceit generated by a computer program, making it sound like the bastard offspring of technology–run–amok thrillers like the 1977 feature Demon Seed. It’s often hard to square that idea with the reality of From Out Here, which is all tightly controlled passages of sound, ranging from short minimal synth apparitions (“Verberatim”) to expansive tracts of folky wanderings (“Upon Oakston”).
•♦≈  Brooks’ inspirations are often musicians who could be classed as people hiding in plain sight — artists such as Suzanne Ciani and Brian Bennett, who both feature on this mixtape to accompany From Out Here, or the library music he and the Ghost Box label hold so dear. None are household names, but all have worked in the commercial sphere, either through advertising or by penning TV or film themes. The sense of build in Advisory Circle tracks such as “Escape Lane” and “The Walk Home” would fit perfectly in that sphere, scrolling over B–movie end credits or zipping across a sepia tinted vacuum cleaner commercial. Somehow, this music, and arguably the entire Ghost Box aesthetic, makes those worlds seem closer than many people may have realized. It’s also what prevents these darker Advisory Circle tracks from encroaching too close to the gloom — there’s always a key sense of play at work.
»•  The most satisfying part of From Out Here is how much wider Brooks casts his net than before. Sure, there are hints of small releases, such as that mysterious Jürgen Müller record from a few years back on the beautiful “Jessica Finds the Beach”. But it’s not hard to see the spectre of Kraftwerk’s power station fear surface on “The Blue Energy Programme”, and it’s easy to trace a path from the sparse passages of “Experiment!” to the melancholy side of Spacemen 3’s Playing With Fire. At those moments the Advisory Circle vibrates with possibility, drawing in endless strands of music’s past, with Brooks steadying the tiller to make sure everything maintains the correct trajectory. For a notionally darker work this album ends up being more enjoyable than some of his prior records, mainly because the sense of exploration is heightened with each turn taken. Brooks and Ghost Box are often talked about in narrow planes of sound, but here the future feels persuasively wide open.  :: http://pitchfork.com/ + »•  :: https://www.normanrecords.com/
•♦≈  The Advisory Circle (aka Jon Brooks) explores darker territory than on 2012’s more pastoral As The Crow Flies. This time Brooks hints at a Wyndham–esque science fiction story, where bucolic English scenery is being manipulated and maybe even artificially generated by bizarre multi–dimensional computer technology.
•♦≈  Brooks’ strong sense of melody and composition is still evident as are his renowned sound design and production skills. Consequently the album is a rich and rewarding experience that subtly showcases a wealth of musical experience. The usual analogue synth sound palette is augmented with found–sound from antique tape reels and Brooks’ ever growing tangle of home built electronics.
•♦≈  The CD and LP come lavishly packaged with artwork by Julian House based on the original concepts for the music. The 180gm LP comes with a free download code, and the download and CD versions include three bonus tracks.
•♦≈  From Out Here is another beautifully crafted voyage into electronic music's substrata. In the hands of artists such as The Advisory Circle, the past continues to stretch off into a multitude of futures. Quietus
More deliciously downbeat analog instrumentals in which TAC’s Jon Brooks conjures up a mood of eerie counter–factual sci–fi. Mojo
•♦≈  From Out Here, in time-honoured Ghost Box form, is spiked with eerie disquiet. Electronic suites like "Vibrations and Waves" are Boards Of Canada style meldings of the cosmic and the rustic, but Brooks’ music displays an artisanal care. UNCUT
•♦≈  With their time-shifting transmitters and lost–world logo–tones, The Advisory Circle have always represented the purest expression of the Ghost Box sound … Fascinating stuff. Shindig
•♦≈  Imitators and lesser practitioners now abound in this expanding world, and it's no longer enough for anyone to simply stitch together the familiar tropes to merit attention. Brooks, though, stands out by dint of a nimble melodic touch, compositional sophistication and a broader historical frame of references. This makes From Out Here both satisfying and hard to pin down. Record Collector
•♦≈  The latest album from Jon Brooks under his The Advisory Circle guise is his best yet. I feel confident in saying this, not only because it’s already received universal praise from others but because there’s something in ‘From Out Here’ that goes further than before. DJ Food
By Nick Neyland; January 13, 2015; Score: 7.0
»•  :: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20081-from-out-here/
Joe Banks, December 11th, 2014 11:01
»•  :: http://thequietus.com/articles/16865-the-advisory-circle-from-out-here-review
By Josh Becker; October 6, 2011
»•  :: http://beatsperminute.com/reviews/album-review-the-advisory-circle-as-the-crow-flies/
Label: https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/
Website: http://www.jonbrooks.ca/
»•  2005 Mind How You Go (CD–R, mini–album)
»•  2008 Other Channels (CD)
»•  2011 As The Crow Flies (CD)
»•  2014 From Out Here (CD)

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