Video of the Moment #2339: Public Service Broadcasting

By on Wednesday, 12th April 2017 at 6:00 pm

History buffs Public Service Broadcasting announced a short time ago the details of their upcoming third album. Like ‘Inform-Educate-Entertain’ and ‘The Race for Space’ that precede it, ‘Every Valley’ brings to life past history. In the case of this new LP, the main subject is coal mining in South Wales and its eventual economic collapse, though ringleader J. Willgoose Esq. assures in a letter to NPR that it’s not simply stuck in the past: “What’s certain in my mind is that this album isn’t just about mining and isn’t just about Wales. It’s a story reflected in abandoned and neglected communities across the western world, and one which has led to the resurgence of a particularly malignant, cynical and calculating brand of politics.”

The Kraftwerk-esque ‘Progress’ is the first track to be unveiled from ‘Every Valley’, and it’s special in that except for previous ‘The Race for Space’ track ‘Valentina’, it stars female vocals in addition to PSB’s usual use of archival news clips. Traceyanne Campbell of Scottish twee band Camera Obscura lends her sweet voice to this upbeat number. Watch the promo video for ‘Progress’ below; ‘Every Valley’ is scheduled for release on the 7th of July on PIAS.

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