Public Service Broadcasting is a London-based duo who create retro-futuristic electronic music much in the spirit of classic krautrock. They use samples from old public information films, archival footage and propaganda material, to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.” PSB combines classic synths with banjo, ukulele, sax and trumpets all propelled by a nearly-motorik beat.
Their music is electronic, but with a uniquely organic (and perhaps an emotive) element that sets them apart from the countless electro-pop artists of the day. Their use of old public information films makes them fit well in a playlist of Found Sound Orchestra and Future Loop Foundation recordings, but with a more lively and uptempo energy that is not to be missed.
The duo’s new release, The Race For Space continues the docu-rock theme heard on previous efforts like The War Room EP (which featured the hit, “Spitfire”) and their first full-length LP, Inform • Educate • Entertain. For a taste of their live sound, check out their in-studio performances on KEXP and on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.
The Race For Space brilliantly captures the excitement and suspense of early space travel. The band’s trademark instrumental-build and steady-paced percussion are the perfect accompaniment for the recordings of Kennedy’s “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech and for NASA’s hold-your-breath narrative of the moon-landing with the single, “Go.” The excitement piques with “The Other Side,” capturing all the anticipatory suspense of a communication black-out with Apollo 8 as it rounded the back side of the moon. This is music made to reignite the world’s passion for space travel.
And fans stateside are in luck - in support of the album, Public Service Broadcasting will touch down in NYC for a show at The Bowery Ballroom April 10th. Don’t miss it!