Saturday, 7 December 2013

Albums of the Year 2013 #13 - Public Service Broadcasting - Inform Educate Entertain

At number 13 on the Breaking More Waves album of the year list is Inform Educate Entertain by Public Service Broadcasting. “To teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future,” is the objective of J Wilgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth and they achieve this by overlaying extracts of propaganda and information films from yesteryear onto their mix of indie rock and computer instrumentals with stirring effect.

Inform Educate Entertain is probably the only record you’ll ever hear that credits samples from a 1936 Royal Mail film called Night Mail, Studio Canal’s 1953 film The Conquest of Everest and US road safety films including The Bottle & The Throttle and None For The Road. It’s a playful, quirky and stimulating record that could loosely be called a concept album in so far as the LP is built around the idea of sampling voices from the past, albeit the tunes cover many different subject matters. However most importantly it’s an enjoyable eccentrically British piece of work that sounds unlike anything else released this year.

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