Broadcast - The Noise Made By People

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2000-03-21

Back in 1997, Warp Records released a quirky mini-album of rare material from its newest signings, a little known experimental pop band from Birmingham called Broadcast. Eyebrows were raised. Why had Warp--a hard-edged techno label famed for its avant-garde output from electronic pioneers like Aphex Twin signed this quirky, retro- obsessed West-Midlands five-piece? The reason is simple: Broadcast are a very talented band. This much is proved by their brilliant debut, The Noise Made By People. The album's skewed electronic pop and retro-futurism most resembles the analogue styling of Stereolab and original Krautrock musicians such as Can and Neu! Yet Broadcast's sound is wonderfully unique; an enchanting mixture of analogue synth sounds and west coast psychedelia fused with nineties electronica and indie-pop sensibilities. With the addition of haunting and occasionally chilling vocals from singer Trish Keenan, the effect is at times mesmerising. The Noise Made By People is an eerie, uplifting and enchanting debut album from one of Britain's best-kept secrets. --Matt Anniss

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