Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Tender Buttons is the third studio album by Broadcast. Originally released in 2005, Broadcast swapped the rich textures and multiple layers of previous records for a much rawer and grittier sound, based on dry electronics, bass, processed guitars and singer Trish Keenan's deadpan voice. Stripped down to its bare essentials, the music shows Broadcast under new lights, bringing Keenan's bittersweet and often surrealist lyrics right at the forefront.
The band were now a duo, following guitarist Tim Felton's departure, and recorded the entire album themselves at Keenan and James Cargill's home in Birmingham, creating a far more intimate record than its predecessor, 2003's Haha Sound.
On songs such as 'Black Cat', 'Goodbye Girls' or the annoyingly catchy 'Michael A Grammar', Keenan and Cargill work around frail distorted electronics and interferences on which they add guitars, bass and linear drum beats. Elsewhere, on the more subdued 'Tears in the Typing Pool' or 'You and Me in Time', they craft delicate backdrops out of guitars and subtle sine waves, evoking in places a space-age Velvet Underground.
If Tender Buttons revealed a more purely electronic approach, Broadcast were miles apart from the electro glam of many of their contemporaries, sharing more in common with Delia Derbyshire's Radiophonic Workshop and other British early electronica pop experimentalists.
I Found The F
Tears In The Typing Pool
Subject To The Ladder
Arc Of A Journey
Michael A Grammar
You And Me
I Found The End
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