The wonderful wonderful sound of Broadcast, brought back onto vinyl again at last by Warp Records. The Noise Made By People slides into existence with ‘Long Was The Year’, a perfect example of their slinking mysterious sound. A clear melody, and Trish Keenan’s beautiful voice, but with an undertow of unclear samples and droning tones. Something magical for sure.
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It’s impossible to name a bad Broadcast record, because everything Trish Keenan's voice touches turns to gold. Their debut album The Noise Made By People, however, is a strong contender for being a favourite in a relatively short list of wonderful LP’s.
By melding '60's girl group hooks with wayward jazz and psychedelic atmospherics, The Noise Made By People is one of few albums that appeals to discerning fans of bleepy electronics, retrophiles, and naval gazers alike.
From the opening ominous swell of ‘Long Was The Year’ and the hushed introspection of ‘Echoe’s Answer’ to the sparse hauntology of ‘Until Then’, every track has its own imitable quality - nothing here is forgetful, no doubt thanks to Keenan’s recognisably gentle vocals which serve as the perfect backdrop to the band’s fascinating blend of minimal electronic and ‘60s psychedelia.
Of course, Broadcast weren’t the first to merge electronic music’s futuristic bend with elements of film noir: Trish Keenan’s detached vocals married with the slightly unhurried, fragmented beats recall elements of Portishead for example. The difference is Broadcast had an ability to conjure so many different soundscapes other than just moody atmospherics – think visions of French black and white movies - there’s a lot of layers to get lost in here too.
Fluctuating between quietly minimal and sweetly up-tempo, there’s more of the former than the latter here; it’s a much more ambient affair than the subsequent Tender Buttons for example. They did both extremely well, though, so it serves as the scope of their incredibly influential artistic ability.
9/10 Daniel Customer review, 20th June 2015
I first heard of Broadcast many years ago (when "Work and Non Work" first came out, to be precise) but never got round to checking them out until a couple of years back. How my life has been wasted!
Their albums take in everything from folk, psychedelia, 60s easy listening and elements of jazz, blending it all with a pinch of the cinematic. If I were to choose just one album of theirs, it would be this, "The Noise Made By People", which sounds even better, stunning in fact in its recently reissued vinyl form.
The whole thing strums, pulses and clatters along whilst Trish Keenan's pristine vocals add the final touch to bring it all together. It's beguiling and a bit woozy in places but the melodies soon start to burrow their way into your brain (trust me, you'll be playing them in your head in the early hours).
Well, what are you waiting for? Buy it now!
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