The Focus Group - Sketches and Spells

Sketches and Spells

The Focus Group

Available Formats Tracks Price Buy
CD Album 25 tracks £10.95
Download Album (MP3) 25 tracks £7.99
Download Album (FLAC) 25 tracks £7.99

Description

The Focus Group - Sketches and Spells

CD available now but LP re-issue is delayed until December

Reviews

“...it often sounds like hip hop if it had been invented in England in the late fifties. House turns library muisc's 'science of mood' againast itself by creating barely calssifiable emotions (macabre whimsy, pensive rapture, 'reverie and efficiency') or making atmospheres clash and mingle like colours on a paint wheel going muddy.”
Simon Reynolds,
Retromania

“Intimately acquainted with this uncertain hinterland between yesterday and tomorrow, The Focus Group are also smart enough to realise that anyone can pass for modern if they still listen to Pierre Henry, Tom Dissevelt, Jacques Loussier or Dave Brubeck.”
Ken Hollings,
The Wire

“…evokes powerful intimations of the uncanny.”
Rob Young,
Uncut Magazine

“…the spirit of a certain experimental, baroque psychedelia is alive in every one of these tunes.”
Benjamin Graves,
The Quietus

“Great music, all quite unpredictable, painstakingly knitted together. Lots of peculiar noises all making a very lovely sound,”
Jonny Trunk,
Trunk Records Website

“…this is an archaeology of emotion, a philosophically motivated exploration of the power of not just one's childhood memories, but of the collective unconscious.”
Matthew Ingram,
The Wire

"Song-by-song, and often within the tracks themselves, Julian House’s The Focus Group juxtapose the comforting and the anxiety-inducing, creating constant slippage. Perhaps it’s no accident that House gave his outfit such a name:
Jason Draper
Record Collector

“The Focus Group’s music feels ‘alive’. Or, more accurately, ‘undead’.”
Simon Reynolds,
Frieze Magazine

Tracklisting

CD Album (GBX002CD)
  1. The Focus Group - Stringed winds
  2. The Focus Group - Verberations
  3. The Focus Group - Open the Gate
  4. The Focus Group - Activity and Scales
  5. The Focus Group - Corn Holes
  6. The Focus Group - Verberations exp.
  7. The Focus Group - Bells hazes
  8. The Focus Group - Alsh
  9. The Focus Group - Hocusing fee
  10. The Focus Group - Colouring Toys
  11. The Focus Group - Danse & Atoms
  12. The Focus Group - Free psych & mirrors
  13. The Focus Group - Verberation int.
  14. The Focus Group - Jout sections
  15. The Focus Group - Geometree hou
  16. The Focus Group - Sun groof
  17. The Focus Group - Diagonalam
  18. The Focus Group - Underwater pries
  19. The Focus Group - Jass Tarp
  20. The Focus Group - Hocusing loe
  21. The Focus Group - What are you seeing?
  22. The Focus Group - Bromiding place
  23. The Focus Group - Kasratu
  24. The Focus Group - Swirling paths
  25. The Focus Group - Starry wisdom
Download Album (GBX002)
  1. The Focus Group - Stringed winds
  2. The Focus Group - Verberations
  3. The Focus Group - Open the Gate
  4. The Focus Group - Activity and Scales
  5. The Focus Group - Corn Holes
  6. The Focus Group - Verberations exp.
  7. The Focus Group - Bells hazes
  8. The Focus Group - Alsh
  9. The Focus Group - Hocusing fee
  10. The Focus Group - Colouring Toys
  11. The Focus Group - Danse & Atoms
  12. The Focus Group - Free psych & mirrors
  13. The Focus Group - Verberation int.
  14. The Focus Group - Jout sections
  15. The Focus Group - Geometree hou
  16. The Focus Group - Sun groof
  17. The Focus Group - Diagonalam
  18. The Focus Group - Underwater pries
  19. The Focus Group - Jass Tarp
  20. The Focus Group - Hocusing loe
  21. The Focus Group - What are you seeing?
  22. The Focus Group - Bromiding place
  23. The Focus Group - Kasratu
  24. The Focus Group - Swirling paths
  25. The Focus Group - Starry wisdom