Mini album from Birmingham avant-rockers

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Broadcast – Pendulum

Distant musical cousins to Stereolab, Broadcast here offer a taster of their next album proper, haha sound. The superb cover artwork from Julian House, a rarity in the CD era, is an indication of the unbridled sense of experimentalism contained herein, a sort of Sixties-tinged, retro-avant-garde jouissance.

Combining fragile indie-pop with multiple and fractured effects, from distressed keyboards to free jazz rhythms, Pendulum culminates with the extraordinary “Minus Two”, in which samples of their music are put through a musique concr