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 OwlGÇÖs Map, Jupp and House even went so far as to include a GÇÿField Guide to British Towns and VillagesGÇÖ for Belbury Poly. Tellingly, via this field guide, the duo celebrated GÇÿthe 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 ChurchGÇÖ alongside notes about local legends, foreboding Iron Age ramparts and Neolithic stone circles. GÇÿSome feel that Belbury is an uneasy mix of ancient and modernGÇÖ, added the guide, perhaps simultaneously describing JuppGÇÖs 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 PolyGÇÖs sound/aesthetic as GÇÿhauntologyGÇÖ and the group sound at their most explicitly GÇÿghostlyGÇÖ on GÇÿCaermaenGÇÖ (from 2004GÇÖs The Willows), where they appropriate a vocal of Lincolnshire folk singer Joseph Taylor from a 1908 cylinder recording.
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