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Broadcast
ReleaseProduct
Mother Is The Milky Way
Label
Warp
Catalogue Number
WARP336
Release Date
March 18, 2022

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Released as a tour only CD limited to 750 copies supporting their collaborative album with the Focus Group in 2009, Mother Is The Milky Way takes on a retrospective weight as Broadcast’s true final release before Trish Keenan’s passing in 2011. The release contains some of Broadcast’s warmest, most personal recordings as a group.

Trish Keenan was known for her dreamily distant delivery on Broadcast’s records, but before connecting with James Cargill, Keenan was a part of another duo in Birmingham: the more folk-leaning Hayward Winters. While virtually nothing from that project made it onto the internet aside from a few mentions in interviews, it provides some explanation for how naturally Broadcast slipped into sample-heavy psych folk for Mother. The EP properly opens on ‘In Here The World Begins’, unfurling woozily but proving to be the closest Keenan and Cargill come to a standard issue Broadcast song here. Highlight ‘Elegant Elephant’ is more telling of the project’s aim, crafting a pastoral folk song in what sounds like the belly of a beast, soothed only by the reverberations of Keenan’s voice inside.

Sketches of songs quickly give way to tripped out field recordings, woodwind interludes, and excited chatter underpinning Keenan’s singing, giving Mother a certain wide-eyed, psychedelic Alice in Wonderland-esque whimsy. Considering Keenan was a known lover of the children’s book, it’s hard not see Mother as a bittersweet, unintentional tribute to Keenan’s life, but far more enjoyable to just enjoy the ride down one last rabbit hole from Broadcast.

Remastered from the original tapes at Calyx in Berlin

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Creation Day The Travel Flute Way 0:33 Buy

    Creation Day The Travel Flute Way

  2. 2 In Here The World Begins 3:28 Buy

    In Here The World Begins

  3. 3 Elegant Elephant 2:36 Buy

    Elegant Elephant

  4. 4 Through The Gates Of Yesterday 0:43 Buy

    Through The Gates Of Yesterday

  5. 5 Milling Around The Village 1:46 Buy

    Milling Around The Village

  6. 6 The Aphid Sleeps 3:29 Buy

    The Aphid Sleeps

  7. 7 Growing Backwards 0:19 Buy

    Growing Backwards

  8. 8 I'm Just A Person In This Roomy Verse 1:55 Buy

    I'm Just A Person In This Roomy Verse

  9. 9 Never Trust A Rusty Bolt 0:42 Buy

    Never Trust A Rusty Bolt

  10. 10 Innocence In Orbit 0:37 Buy

    Innocence In Orbit

  11. 11 Mother's Milk Means Music [At Home In The Universe] 3:06 Buy

    Mother's Milk Means Music [At Home In The Universe]

Vinyl Track List

A1 Creation Day The Travel Flute Way
A2 In Here The World Begins
A3 Elegant Elephant
A4 Through The Gates Of Yesterday
A5 Milling Around The Village

B1 The Aphids Sleeps
B2 Growing Backwards
B3 I'm Just A Person In This Roomy Verse
B4 Never Trust A Rusty Bolt
B5 Innocence In Orbit
B6 Mother's Milk Means Music [At Home In The Universe]

CD Track List

01 Creation Day The Travel Flute Way
02 In Here The World Begins
03 Elegant Elephant
04 Through The Gates Of Yesterday
05 Milling Around The Village
06 The Aphids Sleeps
07 Growing Backwards
08 I'm Just A Person In This Roomy Verse
09 Never Trust A Rusty Bolt
10 Innocence In Orbit
11 Mother's Milk Means Music [At Home In The Universe]

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