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The '60s meet the distant future on the bewitching debut album from these Stereolab protégés. While their analogue electronics and quavering sound effects suggest the avant-garde output of Delia Derbyshire and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, their songwriting evokes classic Brill Building pop. The result is an unusually gentle take on psychedelia, where medieval madrigals meet Mellotron ("Echo's Answer"), and harpsichords punctuate vintage synthesisers ("Come On Let's Go”). Trish Keenan's flawless vocals provide the irresistible through line—and a cool, calming presence even when the music's at its most abstracted.


Formed: 1995 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Space age pop collagists Broadcast formed in Birmingham, England, in 1995; comprised of vocalist Trish Keenan, guitarist Tim Felton, bassist James Cargill, keyboardist Roj Stevens, and drummer Steve Perkins, the quintet came together out of a shared affection for the psychedelic cult band the United States of America, a primary influence on their subsequent work as a group. Debuting in 1996 with the Wurlitzer Jukebox label single "Accidentals," Broadcast immediately won favorable comparisons to Stereolab...
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