Broadcast and The Focus Group
A title like Investigate the Witch Cults of the Radio Age seems full of dark and decadent promise and quite frankly just the type of thing we've come to love about Broadcast. Still, though the album might not conjure the haunted blood trials of The Liars' foray into the occult, it does act as one of the greatest distillations of the duo's post BBC Radiophonic Workshop obsessions and their experimental psych-pop hangovers. Trish Keenan's voice still hangs lost in time, somewhere between Dorothy Moskowitz of The US of A and lost Stereolab b-sides. With the aid of Ghost Box label founder and longtime Broadcast graphic artist Julian House (aka The Focus Group) the group have finally completed their excursion into psychosomatic soundscapes. The mini-album shifts like a convoluted dream, first crisp and cinematic; then suddenly sense is lost, absolutes dissolve and shift until another picture emerges and the first is forgotten in the ensuing burst of colors. Broadcast have always been pop innovators but this new piece seems to cement them as one of the 21st century's hidden treasures.
Warp's a bit skittish with the full downloads (and that's cool) so check out their mini mix of Witch Cults of the Radio Age below and House's gorgeous video for the album.
[MP3] Broadcast - Broadcast and The Focus Group Trailer
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