Public Service Broadcasting
Every Valley


4.0
excellent

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (17 Reviews)
November 7th, 2017 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Hi, I'm an art-graduate J. Willgoose, Esq. and today I'll teach you about the deterioration of England's coal-mining industry."

How do you know what an album is about without looking it up, when the album has no lyrics" Good question. But this Post-Rock-ish record is apparently “a story of industrial decline", which you can only figure out by reading about it in the official album’s description. Nonetheless, once it becomes clear that that’s what the album is about, its vibe and musical arrangement, the brooding atmosphere and the creeping song writing, it all starts to set up the proper feeling of countryside mine working communities on the verge of extinction. Okay, I was lying, it does have vocals. Or rather, it has rare vocals and vague lyrics, and then it also contains an obligatory documentary spoken-word insertion on each track.

The album manages to perfectly sum up the desperation and hopelessness of the industrial life. It isn’t trying to evoke a sad tear in you, nor does it attempt to showcase the theme in an overwhelming, bombastic, epic and bloated fashion, although it does tend to near that direction. Instead, it just presents it as a fact, a certainty of life that in the end, more sooner than not, these working class outsiders are going to vanish and the familial traditions and working habits enriched by generational development will be lost in oblivion forever. That is the kind of heaviness this album presents.

There is no point in dissecting individual songs, for they all are mostly based around the same instrumental premise. A sprinkle of tangling guitars, marching drums and chilling horn section at the background, together coming into one “sempiternal sadness of the industrial background” (thank you Google Dictionary for this phrase). Every now and then a surprise hits, like the slightly Tango-y, almost upbeat “People Will Always Need Coal” or Indie-like “Progress”. Occasionally it also reaches into some mildly arena-sized territories, such as the guitar-riffs-layered “All Out”. But for each explosive, out-there moment, the album presents a gentler, more sombre, patient tenderness, such as “You + Me”.

The record doesn’t really go anywhere beyond that. It’s not one of those releases you’ll be able to divide into goods and bads, rather it just exist in its own conceptual musical world, where it flows around naturally and freely. It is equal part beautiful and thought-provoking, in spite of how little it says. There is no urgency behind the music; there is only that terrifying sense of now and sadly never again.



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UniqueUniverse
November 7th 2017


7885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uni’s review roll 11/50







Might be my favourite Post-Rock album of the year.

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minimus123
November 7th 2017


79 Comments


These guys are so funny to watch live lol

BlackwaterPork
November 7th 2017


1812 Comments


Jfc you’re pumping out these reviews

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TheSpaceMan
November 7th 2017


9592 Comments


an empty database vs unique

the mods tried to stand in his way

will his will be broken?

pos

zaruyache
November 7th 2017


17940 Comments


post-rock gonna cheq woo!

Dewinged
November 7th 2017


6483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SO happy you reviewed this Uni, I was thinking of doing it but it felt a bit daunting. And man, I love those Mike Oldfield vibes in "Progress". Possssssss

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Divaman
November 8th 2017


1539 Comments


Good job. But I'm still not going to listen to it.

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Dewinged
November 8th 2017


6483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually Diva, this one you may like it.

AngryJohnny
November 9th 2017


560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Took a punt on this and gave it a spin, enjoying the instrumental arrangements very much

neekafat
November 19th 2017


6231 Comments


Why has the site suddenly changed all the question marks into quotation marks in reviews??

zaruyache
November 19th 2017


17940 Comments


That is the weirdest glitch lol.

UniqueUniverse
November 19th 2017


7885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what the hell?

UniqueUniverse
November 19th 2017


7885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

welp, i can't seem correct it.

neekafat
November 19th 2017


6231 Comments


You can't even edit it? Shit, that happened to some of my older reviews too
I guess we can't ask rhetorical questions anymore Unique ):

UniqueUniverse
November 19th 2017


7885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Am I the only one annoyed by it"

neekafat
November 19th 2017


6231 Comments


It certainly bothers me. Maybe the mods can do something"

UniqueUniverse
November 19th 2017


7885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mods" How could they ever be bothered with such a thing"

neekafat
November 19th 2017


6231 Comments


I mean it does seem like a pressing problem, no"

UniqueUniverse
November 19th 2017


7885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wonder what goes through mx's head all day. Is he even aware of the state the site is in"

UniqueUniverse
November 19th 2017


7885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bet he's more of a ?in it for the money? kind of business owner, right"



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