'Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age' is an album collaboration by Broadcast and The Focus Group, originally released by Warp Records on October 27, 2009. Broadcast's music has always been a little unearthly, so 'Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age' isn't so much a departure as it is an inspired homage to their influences. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and its alternately innocent and menacing soundtrack inspired the band years before the movie was rediscovered. The whimsy and strangely familiar feel of '60s and '70s library music could also be heard in their music from the beginning, but never more clearly than on this mini-album. Broadcast's more esoteric side is heightened by the Focus Group, whose Ghost Box label is ground zero for the evocatively named hauntology micro-genre, which digs deep into vintage electronics and notions of what people thought the future would be like - two things Broadcast have always done, even if they're not explicitly part of the hauntology crowd. ...Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age's highly detailed, evocative miniatures replace 'Tender Buttons' stark clarity with softly busy collages full of literal and figurative layers. Analog synths, distant beats, guitar arpeggios, and clouds of Trish Keenan's vocals flit in and out of snippets like 'Will You Read Me' in a gently disorienting and deeply trippy fashion. Yet the feel goes beyond being merely druggy, although the funky 'How Do You Get Along Sir?' and self-explanatory 'Drug Party' certainly imply chemical enhancement.
LP - Vinyl re-press of 2009 collaboration between Broadcast and their longtime sleeve designer Julian House (also co-founder of the Ghost Box label). Comes with a download card.