BROADCAST – ” The Future Crayon “

Posted: July 26, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Warp Records reissue. Originally released in 2006, “The Future Crayon” is a collection of Broadcast’s early rarities, B-sides, compilation tracks, and other hard to find material. For Broadcast completists, this release is a must. Our vintage Lab review from the original release: After toiling in Warpscurity for the better part of the late 90s / early 00s, Broadcast have had a quick come-up in the past few years, ever since the Pitchfork massive started catching on. It stands to reason that they’d wanna capitalize on their newfound fanbase with this collection, which features almost 20 tracks, all of which are hard-to-find or just plain out-of-print.

Broadcast were formed in Birmingham in 1995 by Trish Keenan (vocals, keyboards, guitar) and James Cargill (bass). Their musical style blends elements of 1960s American psychedelia with experimental electronica, incorporating samples from various sources, Keenan (formerly of folk duo Hayward Winters) and Cargill met in the mid 1990s at the Sensateria psychedelic club, and formed Pan Am Flight Bag in 1995, renamed Broadcast after several concerts. The band’s first release in 1996, was the 7″ single “Accidentals” (issued on Wurlitzer Jukebox Records), which was written based around a sample from Joseph Losey’s 1967 film Accident. The same year, they released The Book Lovers EP (issued in November by Duophonic Records). In 1996, the band recorded a Peel Session. for BBC Radio.

Warp released a compilation album, Work and Non Work, in June 1997, compiling the EP and two singles. The 1999 Broadcast track “You Can Fall” was included on the soundtrack album for the film Morvern Callar.

You get the entire Extended Play, Extended Play #2andPendulum EPs, plus a handful of B-sides and compilation appearances spanning from 1998 to 2003. Highlights include “Illumination,” “Chord Simple,” the hazy and beautifully psychedelic “Where Youth and Laughter Go” and “Locusts.” Not necessarily a collection for the Broadcast neophyte, but everyone will find something to like here. 18 tracks; 69 minutes.

  • official reissue of Future Crayon, a collection of Broadcast rarities and B-sides
  • originally released in 2006

Trish Keenan died on 14th January 2011 at the age of 42, following complications with pneumonia, which she suffered from after earlier contracting H1N1. Cargill, the sole remaining member, said in a 2011 interview with Under the Radar that a new Broadcast album was in the works, featuring vocals recorded by Keenan shortly before her death. He later said: “Trish left a lot of tapes, four-tracks and stuff, and I’ve been going through those. It’s difficult, and I’m connected to it at the same time. It’s wonderful, but I’m also feeling a sense of loss. The next thing I release with Trish on it will be more like a monument and a tribute to her rather than this obsessive thing I used to have about making albums.” As of 2020, however, the album has still not been released.

Band Members
Trish Keenan
James Cargill

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