There seems a lack of public service broadcasting on our televisions these days. Its probably down to having to be accountable for just about anything and everything. In my youth, we had loads of it, and I have happy memories of the evil of Nico Tine, and crossing the road with Geoff Capes.
One such group keeping this tradition alive is Public Service Broadcasting. The London duo, J.Willgoose, Esq and Wrigglesworth, sample old public information films and other archive film to accompany their sort of cross-genre (but mainly sort of indie with Banjo’s and Theramin’s) accompaniments. Their debut album ‘Inform – Educate – Entertain’ came out in May, and has been much lauded pretty much everywhere since.
The track itself is an uptempo indie-folk-electro romp (yes, really, all three) , complete with customary banjo, and this sort of staccato guitar playing, alongside this driving electro-bassline. Morphing and evolving almost constantly, it’s both surprising and very, very catchy. Over the top, are the usual cut-up vocals, taken from pioneering Anerican news broadcaster Edward R. Murrows famous speech from 1958, celebrating an instrument that can ‘teach… illuminate and yes, even inspire’.
There will be a limited number of pink vinyl 7inches to accompany the release and the b-side will be a live recording of previous single Everest from their sold out show at London’s Village Underground. It comes out on August 12th.