Tender Buttons





Broadcast's new album, Tender Buttons will be hitting the States this September. At first I didn't know what to expect with the new album. The band is a man down so to speak on their new LP, and I wasn't sure what a duo would sound like. One thing I first must make clear; are they a poor man's Stereolab? I think not. I have been a fan of theirs for a while, and whereas Stereolab is great at what they do and the music they create, Broadcast brings an entirely different element to their craft. They seem to dabble more (and especially in this, their newest venture) in experimental electronica and that signature Warp sound. Case in point is with the track "Corporeal". The instruments have a minimal fuzzy sound with a drum machine beat and Trish Keenan patented breathy vocals. "America's Boy", the first single, and also "Michael A Grammar" showcases these similar basic drumbeats but it also is very reminiscent of Ladytron. There is still some of the older sounding Broadcast we all know and love in there however. For example, "I Found The F" has the blips and bloops and beautiful vocal harmonies that are so familiar from the past. One surprise however was the title track, "Tender Buttons". This track is very similar to Velvet Underground's drugged out jams. Trish's vocals are low, whispery, and more talkative then singing on this track. It really reminds the listener of a more deranged version of Velvet Underground's "The Gift" than anything else. All in all I know that a lot of people out there were wondering how their third album was going to turn out. Just know that there is no reason to worry. Broadcast continues to journey down the same creative pop road that Warp has paved for them.

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