Folk music always had the capacity to spook me, and Belbury Poly’s weird, eldritch psych is one of the eeriest kinds I’ve heard. It might be the samples from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and public information films of decades past, or it could be the way Jim Jupp spins cobwebs all over their haunting presences. “The Geography” begins on a calm note, with a professorial voice stating reassuringly, “the geography of peace”. But once the lamenting folk vocals emerge, beneath them dark sweeping synths, the track takes on a disquieting—almost sinister—tenor.
This is from The Belbury Tales, an album interested in “the reinvention of the past”, says Jupp.