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Whittled down from the full-band ensemble of Haha Sound, only Broadcast’s core duo of Trish Keenan and James Cargill appear on Tender Buttons. Fittingly, the album takes its inspiration from Neu! and early Kraftwerk, two-person outfits that helped define the influential Krautrock sound. The motorik pulse of those seminal German groups is the recurring theme of Tender Buttons, especially on “Black Cat” and “Bit 35,” the last of which is a hypnotic recreation of early Kraftwerk. The buzzing synths that have always been Broadcast’s stock-in-trade are here more prickly and cold than ever before, yet the icy sheen obscures some of the band’s most gentle moments to date. “Tears In the Typing Pool” eschews the band’s usual sonic tapestry for a simple duet between Keenan and an acoustic guitar, while the album winds down with “You and Me In Time,” a music-box lullaby that nonetheless refuses to completely abandon Broadcast’s taste for unsettling tone clusters.

Customer Reviews

Goodbye Darling

RIP Trish Keenan. You will be missed forever. Thank you for all this lovely music. Broadcast rule my skies.


One of my favorite albums ever by far! So hard to pick a favorite track, but I was initially introduced to them with "Corporeal" and I had to have the album almost immediately. So gorgeous!

Tears in the Typing Pool

Love that song! It's a great album.


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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