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Broadcast – The Noise Made By People (Reissue)
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Broadcast – The Noise Made By People (Reissue)


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The Noise Made By People came after the band signed to Warp Records and spent nearly three years in the studio. It was time well spent, as they built on the sounds and textures they explored in their earlier singles (archived by Warp on the excellent Work And Non Work). Reared on a heavy dose of vintage British psychedelia, Broadcast drew early (and somwhat lazy) comparisons to their mentors Stereolab. The slick pop songwriting and expert production on “Unchanging Window” and “Papercuts” feels vaguely familiar yet hard to pinpoint; in retrospect, more similar to the nostalgic aura conjured by labelmates Boards Of Canada. More experimental tracks like "Minus One" and "The Tower of Our Tuning" reveal influence from The BBC Radiophonic Workshop and similar sound effects units. Considered at the time to be a left-field choice by Warp’s A&R staff, as the indie powerhouse had dealt exclusively with artists working in the fields of techno and dance music, Broadcast’s signing to Warp makes much more sense in hindsight, and it’s hard to imagine them having such a fruitful run on any other label.

The Noise Made By People indeed rocks, but there are hardly any noticeable guitars in the mix at any time throughout the course of the record. Their inventive approach to a five-piece band setup and non-purist attitude predates the ubiquity of electronics in indie rock that would follow in their wake. While James Cargill has been working intently on finishing Broadcast’s final album since the tragic and untimely passing of Trish Keenan in 2011, the uncanny brilliance of Broadcast continues to shine most brightly on The Noise Made By People.

 

TRACKLIST

A1 Long Was The Year
A2 Unchanging Window
A3 Minus One
A4 Come On Let's Go
A5 Echo's Answer
A6 Tower Of Our Tuning

B1 Papercuts
B2 You Can Fall
B3 Look Outside
B4 Until Then
B5 City In Progress
B6 Dead The Long Year

 

 

 

Reissue Date: 2015

Originally released in 2001

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