Out Now on double 10″ vinyl with free download code, on CD with matching mini gatefold and on all digital channels.
“Brooks’ productions are more refined, with a diamond-sharp clarity… Homely music for overactive, bittersweet imaginations.”
“Chock full of the synth harmonies that so deftly typify The Advisory Circle, it incorporates a musical vision and narrative that places the synaesthesiac Brooks above most of her contemporaries… this is a joyous and multisensory exploration of sound.”
“…Brooks has gone back to basics. The synths are starker, the tape hiss darker. ‘Time Immemorial’ is clearly the theme to some long-lost BBC Two science show, Just A Dream feels perfect for a hard-hitting documentary about glue-sniffing. And the upbeat melodies of The Architecture’ suggest the heart-breaking optimism of 1980s out-of-town retail parks. It’s an album of double-edged nostalgia for both her own fractured childhood memories and the label’s inaugural experiments, and Brooks knack of investing melodic electronica with affectingly raw emotion remains unparalleled.”
The sixth album by long time Ghost Box roster member, The Advisory Circle. Self-avowed synaesthesiac, Cate Brooks conjures a very visual fantasy in four acts. Her tracks evoke human dramas played out against the timeless backdrop of a utopian built environment, where leisure, luxury, elegance and romance are always in fashion.
Brooks’ music is by turns ambient, dramatic, upbeat & melancholic. It’s instrumental electronica of the very highest calibre, an expert and masterly manipulation of electronic equipment both old and new. Light touches of acoustic and electric instrumentation and flourishes of both tape and digital sound manipulation add colour throughout. The album wears its influences and sonic components proudly, but feels contemporary, cool and fresh. Brooks’ music career predates and now transcends the world of hauntological electronica that it originally inspired.
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