“Why should a man climb Everest? Because it is there.”
Oh, I am positively joyful that Public Service Broadcasting has been left for me to review! I have only been into Britain's strange and fascinating duo for a few months, but it’s about damn time you were, too.
Let’s start with the facts: P.S.B. is comprised of two talented multi-instrumentalists, J. Willgoose, Esq. (who tackles guitar, banjo, samplings and electronic instruments) and Wigglesworth (who handles drums, piano, and some other electronic noises). Together, they cut and paste samples of forgotten public information films and old world propaganda into hip, buzzy songs.
According to the New Yorker, the Willgoose first toiled with samples of video games and B-movies, before striking a deal with the British Film Institute.
The boys have toured internationally and were awarded for their unique efforts during the fourth annual Progressive Music Awards. They got chops, I tell you.
“Everest” is by far my favorite song by these Dr. Who-dressed musicians. You’ll hear the historical clips as soon as the track begins. The only words spoken are from the 1953 documentary, The Conquest of Everest.
Paired with the eerie and interesting soundbites, are beautiful, icy pillars of sound. The noise created is grand and gorgeous. Public Service Broadcasting, while possibly written off as a weird endeavor at first listen, earns their place on your playlist with beautiful instruments and thoughtful reflection.
I hope you enjoy.