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Belbury Poly

Jim Jupp is both the main music maker in Belbury Poly and a co-founder of the Ghost Box Music label, the latter alongside graphic designer Julian House. Jupp named his musical project after a provincial English town created by C.S. Lewis in his allegorical novel That Hideous Strength and, on their 2006 release The Owl’s Map, Jupp and House even went so far as to include a ‘Field Guide to British Towns and Villages’ for Belbury Poly. Tellingly, via this field guide, the duo celebrated ‘the post war period [during which] much of Belbury was re-planned with the addition of some notable modernist architecture including the Polytechnic College, Public Library and the striking Community Fellowship Church’ alongside notes about local legends, foreboding Iron Age ramparts and Neolithic stone circles. ‘Some feel that Belbury is an uneasy mix of ancient and modern’, added the guide, perhaps simultaneously describing Jupp’s project more bluntly than is actually necessary.

Reminding the listener most acutely of whimsical future-retroist trio Plone, the music on Belbury Poly releases is akin to half remembrances of public information films, secondary school chemistry textbooks and old television themes. Jupp admits to looking to the past for inspiration but contextualises his music (and that of Ghost Box, generally) as an attempt to create an imaginary world rather than as an exercise in nostalgia. Music journalist Simon Reynolds has dubbed Belbury Poly’s sound/aesthetic as ‘hauntology’ and the group sound at their most explicitly ‘ghostly’ on ‘Caermaen’ (from 2004’s The Willows), where they appropriate a vocal of Lincolnshire folk singer Joseph Taylor from a 1908 cylinder recording.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Willows

1. Wildspot

2. The Willows

3. Caermaen

4. A Thin Place

5. Farmer's Angle

6. Insect Prospectus

7. A Warning

8. Monstroon

9. Thorn

10. The Absolute Elswhere

11. Far Off Things

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Track List: The Belbury Tales

1. Belbury Poly Logotone B

2. Cantalus

3. Green Grass Grows

4. The Geography

5. A Pilgrim's Path

6. Now Then

7. Chapel Perilous

8. Unheimlich

9. My Hands

10. Goat Foot

11. Unforgotten Town

12. Earth Lights

13. Summer Round

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Track List: The Owl's Map

1. Owls And Flowers

2. Rattler's Hey

3. The Moonlawn

4. Music, Movement & Meaning

5. Wetland

6. Tangled Beams

7. The People

8. The New Mobility

9. Pan's Garden

10. Lord Belbury's Folly

11. Scarlet Ceremony

12. Your Way Today

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Love Belbury Poly.
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There are actually 4 LPs and a couple of EPs by the Poly. They are all groovy.

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