Release Date: May 14, 2013
Record label: Test Card
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
The credits on the debut album by London duo Public Service Broadcasting mark it out as a unique prospect: it's fairly safe to say Inform-Educate-Entertain will be the only album this year to feature guest appearances by Marie Slocombe, a temporary secretary at the BBC in the 1930s who ended up founding the BBC Sound Archive by accident, or Thomas Woodrooffe, Royal Navy lieutenant commander, author of Vantage at Sea: England's Emergence as An Oceanic Power and commentator at the Berlin Olympics. The duo's raison d'etre is to trawl through old film archives – those of the GPO Film Unit seem to be a favourite – in search of snippets of voices to set to music. It seems a pretty arcane pursuit, but it's without precedent or in isolation.