ALBUM REVIEW: Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING ... The Race For Space (Test Card Recordings)
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING ... The Race For Space (Test Card Recordings)

PSB are a London art-rock duo who build musical soundscapes around samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material.

This is their second album, and it’s even more astonishing than their wonderful 2013 debut Inform-Educate-Entertain.

As the title suggests, it’s based around the US-Soviet space race of 1957-1972, and celebrates both sides’ involvement in man’s greatest achievement. Starting with JFK’s famous 1957 space exploration speech, it explores the tragedies as well as the triumphs of man’s greatest achievement.

Lead single Gagarin’s euphoria is balanced by the baleful Fire In The Cockpit (about the Apollo 1 disaster) and the tense The Other Side by the joyful Go! This is the best album I’ve heard this year and it will surely be up there when the end-of-year accolades are handed out. Essential. 9/10. GW