After releasing lead single ‘Progress’ earlier in the year, Public Service Broadcasting have now released a further track from approaching third album Every Valley.
It’s further evidence that Every Valley will be a softer, more melodic album than prior work. This has more in common with Laura Marling’s Semper Femina than the deeper cuts on sophomore album The Race for Space.
The creative team of Wilgoose and Wrigglesworth have always had an ear for melody; indeed it’s what has elevated their quirky archive rock to something of real quality. But here the groove is very gentle, allowing the lovely vocal harmonies and horns to take centre stage.
Fans of the more bombastic fare on their debut Inform – Educate – Entertain may be disheartened, but this is proving to be a very promising set of songs.
As with their prior work the band look to the technological cacophony of the twentieth century for inspiration. Every Valley tells the story of British coal, and ‘They Gave Me A Lamp’ focuses on the emancipation of woman workers.
It’s an interesting viewpoint on the role of the industry and one that is often overlooked. It’s unsurprising given the band have always looked to explore the story of women in their work, and expressed dissatisfaction that their source material for The Race For Space was such a male-dominated set of samples.
We cannot wait for more.