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Boards of Canada - Reach for the Dead
First single from new LP, Tomorrow’s Harvest
Soo good. Boards of Canada has, and always will remain one of my all time favorite bands. When I first started buying serious records, collecting their discography (& Broadcast) was top on the list. Glad to hear confirmation that they haven’t jumped the shark.
As you likely know if you’ve read anything here before, I was devastated when Trish Keenan passed away, as the voice of my all time favorite band Broadcast. At the time James had mentioned that he might be eventually releasing some work that Trish has recorded prior to her death, and while I think he was talking about some Broadcast specific non-soundtrack work, it’s nice to see this work getting a proper release on vinyl. Personally I can’t wait to see the film in theaters and here Broadcast blasted at maximum volume.
Broadcast - Berberian Sound Studio soundtrack on vinyl is up for pre-order from Warp, and considering their devoted following I imagine it’ll be a hot commodity.
To coincide with Halloween we can announce that Warp Records will be releasing Broadcast’s original soundtrack that accompanied the recent Warp Film ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ - Peter Strickland’s brilliant homage to 1970s Italian horror. The film’s integral soundtrack was composed by Broadcast before Trish Keenan’s untimely passing last year.
Synopsis: “It’s 1976 and timid, Dorking-based sound engineer, Gilderoy, has been transplanted to Italy’s run-down Berberian Sound Studio to work on “The Equestrian Vortex”, the latest low-budget horror movie by notorious exploitation maestro Giancarlo Santini. Gilderoy’s task is a seemingly simple one: to create, record and mix the sounds of bloodcurdling screams, limbs being severed and the insertion of red hot pokers into human orifices, mostly using a variety of everyday household items such as old vegetables and a hammer”.
I listen to a lot of music. Frankly at times too much to keep with, so I don’t take it lightly when I declare that Broadcast is my all time favorite band. Hands down, no doubt. The tragic death of their singer Trish Keenan at the beginning of this year hit me harder than I would have expected; I almost felt like I lost a best friend, and it saddened me that I’d never hear new music from them or see them live. I managed to track down all their records, including the singles and EPs maybe a couple of months before the news, but I just couldn’t get enough. I was thrilled when the mixtape made by Trish surfaced after her death and was uploaded to the net.
I was even more excited to recently read that James Cargill, Trish’s band mate from Broadcast, is working on anew Broadcast album with lyrics from Trish. James commented, “Trish left a lot of tapes, four-tracks and stuff, and I’ve been going through those. It’s difficult, and I’m connected to it at the same time. It’s wonderful, but I’m also feeling a sense of loss.” I myself had heard that Broadcast were working on new material in between their collaborations with The Focus Group, and I’ve been wondering since the announcement of her death if James would release their material at a later date. Looks like that’s on the horizon for 2012, and let’s hope for vinyl.
In the mean time you can enjoy this recently surfaced and rare live set from Broadcast that I snatched from what. After all this time loving the band, its beautiful to finally here their live sound. Here’s a couple notes about the release from discogs:
Black Sessions are performances of the live music broadcast on the French Radio station France Inter. These are recorded in front of a small live audience (200) and featured on a C’est Lenoir show. Session no. 162 recorded live at Studio 105 on May 4, 2000. The CDs were released for mostly local radio DJ’s in Europe by Sangatte Records. The releases are marked as “promotional” and are in a limited series of 2500. Numbered limited edition Promo CD in card sleeve.
Richard Jamescame up with the idea of controlling a 48 piece string section and a 24 strong choir by remote control, using midi controllers, lots of headphones and some remote visual cues, after being commissioned to write some pieces for the European culture congress in Poland. There was only one opportunity for a rehearsal to see if the idea worked, it was in the morning, the day of the concert! This is the result. Other performances from the show are here
Brian Eno - Glitch (from new LP: Drums Between The Bells)
The best LP the ambient pioneer has been involved with since the mid-eighties. Imagine Boards Of Canada’s ‘Music Has The Right To Children’ as an actual soundtrack to a documentary. ~Stool Pigeon
I’ve been listening to increasingly more Eno in recent times, and combine that with that quote I saw above referencing good ol’ Boards of Canada that I hold in the highest regard, and I’m pretty psyched about the new Eno LP. I literally just received in the post the last BOC record I’d been searching for, Trans Canada Highway, completing their discography. Some notes on this release:
Brian Eno first came across the work of Rick Holland in the late 90’s during the Map-Making project; a series of collaborative works between students of the Royal College, the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the National Youth Orchestra and the English National Ballet, among others. In 2003, Brian and Rick made their first music together. The resulting work does not appear on this album. In the time since that initial session they have met infrequently to work on new compositions. In early 2011, following the release of Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Brian’s debut album for Warp Records), the pair resolved to finish the project. Drums Between the Bells is the result.
Pre-Order Drums Between Bells on 2XLP directly from Warp here.
With the utmost sorrow, I must inform you that Trish Keenan, singer of Broadcast has passed away Friday morning at 9am. With no exaggeration, I can tell you that Broadcast is my most loved band of all time. Trish had the most beautiful and haunting voice that made me fall in love with her music on the first listen of America’s Boy from Tender Buttons. I’ve spent the past year tracking down all of their albums on vinyl, no easy task, and I was eagerly awaiting a new mystery album from them this year. It breaks my heart to think I’ll never hear another new song sung by her. I feel like I’ve lost a family member.
Do yourself a favor and listen to Broadcast. xxxoo
Oh how I love Broadcast. It still boggles my mind that a band so exceptionally talented has remained under the radar of many a person with good taste in music. England based genius started with their 1st EP The Book Lovers in 1996, and have seemingly secretly released every album since then. Tender Buttons from 2006 is definitely one of my all time favorite albums, if not principle. Steeped in mystery and beauty, Broadcast seem to alway have a knack for creating unique dreamscapes that devour the listener. How are they so exceptionally hip and genuine without seemingly trying? Rare traits to be seen together in band.
Broadcast are European art house meets soundtracks meets exotica meets incidental music meets Ohm-style electronic pioneers.
Their latest album release was a collaboration with The Focus Group called Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age. Because that is how they do things. I recently tracked down a copy of that on vinyl, and their last album prior The Future Crayon, completing their discography on vinyl in my collection. Good luck finding anything in vinyl; everything they release is super limited to usually 500ish copies, and their equally secret cult following snatch them up. I scanned discogs and ebay for 6 months looking for these albums after losing The Future Crayon once more. If you have the chance to pick up any full length for under $50, leap for it.
You can currently still snatch a super heavy weight 200gram 7” by Broadcast and The Focus Group called Study Series 04: Familiar Shapes and Noises from Ghost Box here. I doubt for much longer. More experimental, and in anticipation of their alleged new album coming out god knows when. I’m sure they won’t tell anyone about it out for at least few weeks when its released, so stay sharp.