Public Service Broadcasting tend to elicit one of two reactions from the general listening population, their edutainment high concept always teetering on the verge of pretentiousness. But their reverent study of the Welsh mining industry’s decline Every Valley grazed the top five, proof that there’s gold (Or is it just iron pyrite?) in them there Pathe news hills.
Fiercely Europhile, J Willgoose Esq. and chums haven’t gone quite to the lengths that the band formerly known as British Sea Power did recently, but Bright Magic relocated him for several months in Berlin, the results a collection of tracks musing on it’s pre and post war Bohemia, hedonism and ghosts.
Also dispensed with is their sample heavy approach, marked by the inclusion instead of spoken word inserts from former Einstürzende Neubauten veteran Blixa Bargeld and actress Nina Hoss. The longest shadow cast however is that of David Bowie and the renowned seventies album trifecta which gave the city a permanent musical legacy, his and it’s brilliance saluted on The Visitor. Elsewhere Blue Heaven and People, Let’s Dance are highlights of an album which doubles down on a surprisingly enduring formula.
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