Sebastian Counts of ToiToiToi at A-Musik, Cologne

Sebastian Counts of ToiToiToi will be DJing in Cologne’s finest record store A-Musik, this Thursday, 6th July around 7-10pm. He’ll be throwing in a few live ToiToiToi tracks and some Ghost Box films too.

Please come along, buy some records, have a beer and say Hallo to the man that some say does not exist.

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ToiToiToi – Im HagPre-Order Now

The new album by ToiToiToi, Im Hag is due for release on 12th May. You can pre-order it  in our shop now on Vinyl, CD or download.

Im Hag is the debut Ghost Box album for Berlin based Sebastian Counts’ ToiToiToi, following on from his single for our Other Voices series in 2015. It’s very detailed and lovingly produced music, crafted from electronic, synth, sampled and acoustic sources. Its a wunderkammer of an album crammed with original ideas. All at once managing to be witty, spooky, melodic and abstract.

The music and design explores the polarities of folklore vs modernity, and wilderness vs civilization. It’s an album about German culture but it pre-empts a nostalgia for the vanishing concept of internationalism, once exemplified by town twinning. It’s also a warm-hearted record, hopefully a tiny  morale booster against Europe’s resurgent spectres. Counts’ is painfully aware of the way that folk tradition in his country is something of a poisoned well and had this to say about the album on his “Lo-Fi Longings” blog…

“When it comes to tradition, heritage etc. things get difficult over here and with finding an alternative way of dealing with german folk and culture by also emphasising its’ psychedelic elements and calling the kindred spirits of other cultures for support, I always felt like being in a minority of one. The more grateful I am now to have found a safe harbour in the imaginary world of Ghost Box and to be able to contribute my very own continental perspective.”

As always the beautiful CD and LP packaging is designed by Julian House. The 180gm LP includes a free download card.

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ToiToiToi – Im HagOut Now

Im Hag by ToiToiToi is out today on LP, CD or download. As always the beautiful CD and LP packaging is designed by Julian House. (The 180gm vinyl LP includes a free download card.)

Im Hag is the debut Ghost Box album for Berlin based Sebastian Counts’ ToiToiToi, following on from his single for our Other Voices series in 2015. It’s very detailed and lovingly produced music, crafted from electronic, synth, sampled and acoustic sources. Its a wunderkammer of an album crammed with original ideas. All at once managing to be witty, spooky, melodic and abstract.

The music and design explores the polarities of folklore vs modernity, and wilderness vs civilization. It’s an album about German culture but it pre-empts a nostalgia for the vanishing concept of internationalism, once exemplified by town twinning. It’s also a warm-hearted record, hopefully a tiny  morale booster against Europe’s resurgent spectres.

 

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FOLKLORE TAPES & TOITOITOI VISIT THE GUEST SHOP

There are two new beautifully hand crafted items in the Ghost Box Guest shop this week. First is the delightful little cassette compilation box set from Folklore Tapes called Merry May.

https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/dept/~ghost-box-guests/

This includes:

-pink cassette housed inside an embossed box

-20 page research booklet that includes an essay on May Day and artwork by David Chatton Barker

-a cutting of a May pole ribbon

download card redeemable from the label

A dual format compilation featuring a rare appearance from James Cargill, Julian House & Roj’s Children Of Alice project (Broadcast and The Focus Group), Liverpool psyche heads Carl Turney & Brian Campbell, label owners David Orphan and Ian Humberstone as well as long time associates Sam Mcloughlin, Rob St John and more.

Folklore Tapes say this,

“The artists contributing to this compilation have each researched a particular May ritual and, informed by their findings, conjured a piece in response. As such, the cassette takes its listeners on an audiological journey where, mounted upon clacking Hobby horses, they will meet with May Birchers and Dewers, reel around Maypoles and parade the streets in the company of the Earl of Rone and the Fool.

Folklore Tapes is an ongoing project in which the arcane traditions, stories and phenomena of the British Isles are creatively re-imagined by contemporary artists. This may take the form of soundtrack, film or installation, but is always centred upon a particular theme or location. The project has received widespread acclaim since its conception in 2011 and enjoys close ties with Cecil Sharp House, the British Library and Caught By The River. Andy Votel and members of Clinic and Broadcast are counted among its many contributors.”

And a perfect complement to this is Hollow Earth Hippies by ToiToiToi, the work of Sebastian Counts, an electronic musician based in Berlin.

https://ghostbox.greedbag.com/dept/~ghost-box-guests/

His sound is bound to appeal to fans of Ghost Box, being a timeless melange of ethnography, TV music and psychonautical exploration all rendered by analogue electronics, tape and samples. Its weird, witty and engrossing.  ToiToiToi will be releasing a single on Ghost Box for the Other Voices series later this year, but meanwhile we’d urge you to delve into this beautifully packaged, self released debut.

Hollow Earth Hippies is a 15track CD-r with beautiful handmade cover and booklet. There’s very few left of what is destined to be a collectors item.

“Its a little insight to a place where the positive social aspects of 70’s politics seem to have survived. This music is the soundtrack to a world where ecology, economy, nature and technology, spirituality and rationalism are not in contradiction at all.” says ToiToiToi

<a href=”http://toitoitoi.bandcamp.com/album/hollow-earth-hippies”>Hollow Earth Hippies by Toitoitoi</a>

Both are available here in very limited quantity right now.

(By the way “Toi toi toi” as German speakers and opera fans will know, is a traditional wish of good luck , equivalent to “break a leg”, and pronounced “toy  toy  toy”)