Broadcast: Chord Simple (2006)

Broadcast: Chord Simple (2006)

The British electronica band Broadcast were very big, in a quiet and inconspicuous way. And regrettably dogged by misfortune, if not tragedy.

They formed in the mid 2000s, had a track on the first Austin Powers soundtrack (the somewhat forgettable Book Lovers), changed line-up a bit, and Simpsons' creator Matt Groenig had them on the bill for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Britain which he curated in 2010.

So far so . . .

Within the year, ethereal singer Trish Keenan had died of pneumonia (age 42).

Yet despite no chart action or even anything poking into radar recognition for most, they had delivered facinating lightydelic ambient and languid tripped-out music which, if nothing else, caught the attention of Belle and Sebastian who included this little known piece (from a little known outfit's little known output) on their 2012 Late Night Tales compilation.

Lovely choice. Dream away. 

Ignore the voice-over as the end. It is the record company reminding me that this is a burn, probably not to be shared.

Umm. Too late? 

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section

Howard Morrison Quartet: Rioting in Wellington/Mori the Hori (1962)

Howard Morrison Quartet: Rioting in Wellington/Mori the Hori (1962)

Recorded live in concert in 1962, these two tracks by the enormously popular Howard Morrison Quartet show just how little things have changed in New Zealand, and how much they have. The... > Read more

Gene McDaniels: Tower of Strength (1961)

Gene McDaniels: Tower of Strength (1961)

When Nick Lowe sang this oldie in concert at the Powerstation recently (see review here), it's a fair bet many in the audience either didn't recognise it, or hadn't heard it in over four decades.... > Read more

New Elsewhere

GEORGE HARRISON REVISITED, PART TWO (2014): The dark horse at a canter to the end

GEORGE HARRISON REVISITED, PART TWO (2014): The dark horse at a canter to the end

The 2004 Oscars were unusual in how lacking in sentiment they were. Usually you'd expect a veteran favourite like Clint Eastwood to be recognised, or some time-server to get best supporting... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILM QUESTIONNAIRE: Alastair and Vanessa Riddell

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE FILM QUESTIONNAIRE: Alastair and Vanessa Riddell

Alastair Riddell is perhaps best know as the man who fronted the excellent glam-rock band Space Waltz back in the early Seventies whose single Out in the Street is a genuine Kiwi classic (as is... > Read more