28 Oct 2015
Recommended Halloween Listening - The Seventh Cyrkle / Songs For Swinging Ghosts / The Heartwood Institute / Polypores / The Delaware Road / Briars Frome / Ancient Cities
First up is the soundtrack to the 1975 horror anthology TV series, "The Seventh Cyrkle" based on the book of the same name. Seven tales by seven different authors, tales of madness, the occult and the supernatural. Brought to you by the same folks who exhumed "The Goat Man", "The Children of Bow Abbey", and other similarly obscure folk-horror classics, this recently rediscovered collection of soundtrack recordings from the TV series is all creepy analogue synths, Carpenteresque spine-tinglers, ghostly accapella, and eerie "Children of the Stones" chanting. Check it out here.
"Songs For Swinging Ghosts" is an excellent new collection of excruciatingly rare British 45s from the fifties and sixties with a supernatural theme. There's some real gold here, and quite a variety on offer, with everything from Joe Meek style guitar instrumentals to big band to Screaming Lord Sutch. It's the perfect Halloween party album. Or as the original press release offers: "Here's a classy collection of sexy sirens and cool ghouls, a party friendly selection that could have been the soundtrack to Carry On Screaming! Think Elvira and 'Monster Mash' on a holiday at Ealing Studios. Most of these spooky tunes have never been on CD before, and are rare 45s from the collections of writer and musician (Saint Etienne) and renowned DJ Martin Green. Highlights include club hit ‘Fallout Shelter’ (banned by the BBC in case it worried "listeners of a nervous disposition”!), Lyn Cornell's saucy ‘Demon Lover,’ and Tony Hatch's super-rare TV theme for ‘Ghost Squad.’ Haunting stuff!"
Astercote". A more in depth review will follow, but for now follow this link for a free / name your price download, before a fixed price is set in the next few days.
Cassette and digital available here.
John Baker BBC Radiophonics album The Vendetta Tapes, writer & producer Alan Gubby realises a long-gestating project that offers a dark, disturbing & alternative vision of the evolution of electronic music." CD and digital stream or download available here.
"Black Shuck" was one of the highlights. He's back with another spooky offering for Halloween - an atmospheric new take on "Witches of Halloween". Those of a certain age may remember this popping up originally on the 70s UK Schools Programme "Words and Pictures", where it left an indelible impression on Briars Frome's Mark Back. Free / name your price download here.
"I'm Your Witchdoctor" for our Nuggets II tribute, comes "Haunted House", a raucous little number that reminds these ears of the sorts of treats that used to come out of the Black Keys' camp before they got too slick. Judge for yourself here.
And while you're at it, don't forget to check out the BBC's new radio adaptation of the classic "The Stone Tape", directed by Peter Strickland - should be great.
Have a great Halloween!