Stop Mo­tion Hap­pen­ing With The Fo­cus Groop 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Quixotic mu­si­cal col­lage from Ghost box co-founder LouIS PaTTISon

Graphic de­signer Ju­lian House’s art­work has graced sleeves by the likes of Broad­cast, Oa­sis and Pri­mal Scream. His mu­sic as The Fo­cus Group – or Groop, as here – feels a lot like his de­sign work: a col­lage of blurry tex­tures and un­usual sonic ephe­mera, chewed-up li­brary mu­sic, snatches of per­cus­sion and snip­pets of speech. At­mo­spheric and ap­par­ently struc­ture­less, “Vil­lage Of Num­bers” and “The Hazy Whom” are drift­ing Sgt Pep­per dream­scapes that long to be ac­com­pa­nied by the swirl of a liq­uid light show. For all their warm fuzzi­ness, th­ese gen­tle fan­tasias are strangely com­pelling.

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