Monday, 4 January 2010

Broadcast and The Focus Group

I've seen these guys around about over the past few months and they were included in a few end of year lists, but as of yet I hadn't really heard too much of their work. Broadcast started in Birmingham (England) as just Broadcast, releasing their debut back in 1996 and apparently came together due to their shared love of the 60s psych band 'United States of America'. They added their friend and album art designer Julian House (The Focus Group) into the mix  and decided to record this 'mini-album.' Some of the bands influences include hammer horror, British folk, Czech film scores and children's fables. I just came across a couple of videos on You Tube and they immediately had my attention. Reading some of the comments below the videos, a couple really stood out and sum up their sound pretty damn perfectly! If either of them sound appealing to you, be sure to give them a listen!
"Syd Barrett psychedelics meets the bbc radio phonic workshop electronics meets the wickerman folky stylee! cosmic!"

"Sounds like the Incredible String Band calling back from a planet near you in 2057..."

Other notable comparisons I've come across include producers like Madlib or Oh No, with their weaving together of various jazz samples to create a unique tapestry of sound. 

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