I’d been hoping that this musical journey would throw up a few weird and wonderful surprises, so it’s been a real pleasure to discover some of them so early on.
After putting a call out for suggestions from some of my more contemporarily music-savvy colleagues – and being swapped with a deluge of responses – I stumbled upon these guys: the glorious Public Service Broadcasting.
Now, I’m not usually a fan of gimmick-driven songs or genres. They’re OK in short doses, but I kind of get tired of them fairly quickly – so the prospect of listening to some electronic, multi-instumental stuff mixed with samples from old propaganda movies and wartime PSAs didn’t exactly fill me with much optimism.
But the result is….well, absolutely wonderful. As I said, it’s not the kind of thing I’d usually opt for but everything just works here. The samples, the driving rhythm, the layers of instrumental additions that build up to its crescendo; it’s just lovely. And, of course, it’s a tune all about WW2 spitfires which makes it even more of a winner.
Check out the rest of their album Inform – Educate – Entertain for some more awesome tracks, including Night Mail and Signal 30 which are definitely worth a listen. But in the meantime here’s Spitfire.