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Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic - Import CD

Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic - Import CD




September 24, 2021


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Catalog No.:PIASR1230CDX

JAN/ISBN: 5400863056278

Number of Discs: 1

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import


Public Service Broadcasting


Having thoroughly investigated such historical matters as the first Mount Everest expedition, the global space race, and the British mining industry, Londons Public Service Broadcasting turns its attention to one of Europes most complex and fascinating locales, the city of Berlin. Led by the intrepid (and exquisitely named) J. Willgoose, Esq., the experimental trio has over the years assembled a fascinating catalog that fuses detailed post-rock, folk, and electronica with the aural ephemera and sonic textures of their chosen themes. While their first three collections have relied heavily on the sampling of archival material, Bright Magic sees them utilizing a more impressionist and mood-based approach. In the spirit of Berlin-inhabiting English forebears like David Bowie and Depeche Mode, Willgoose moved to Germanys capital to study its history, character, and contemporary flow. Citing Bowies 1977 landmark album Low as a significant influence, he and the band have tapped into a similar dark futurism which is translated here through the use of thick analog synths, repetitive Krautrock motifs, and radiant crescendos. Samples are used sparingly (and effectively) and what vocals do appear are largely sung in German. Norwegian singer EERA appears on a pair of songs, as does Berlin-based Adreya Casablanca on the poppy Blue Heaven. More thrilling, though, are the entrancing instrumental tracks which Public Service Broadcasting manage to build so well. The glorious Im Licht and The Visitor simply glow with a sense of ambition and sophistication. The band even structures in a three-part mini-suite (Lichtspiel) that occupies much of the albums second half before segueing into the lush closer Ich und die Stadt, over which German actress Nina Hoss narrates a sort of Berlin love letter. More of an immersive mood piece than a history lesson, Bright Magic is a bold new chapter for the group. ~ Timothy Monger


1.Der Sumpf (Sinfonie der GroBstadt)
2.Im Licht
3.Der Rhythmus der Maschinen [ft. Blixa Bargeld]
4.People, Let's Dance [ft. EERA]
5.Blue Heaven [ft. Andreya Casablanca]
6.Gib mir das Licht [ft. EERA]
7.The Visitor
8.Lichtspiel I: Opus
9.Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss Grau
10.Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale
11.Ich und die Stadt [ft. Nina Hoss]

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