Bumping the idea of “retro” away from the over-mined ’60s and ’70s, London duo J. Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth, the quaintly named men behind Public Service Broadcasting, explore the time frame between the Blitz and the Coronation, evoking a world of ration books, camp coffee and black market silk stockings. Their make-do-and-mend approach to music comes from their victorious digging through the archives, salvaging scraps of public information films, news reel and propaganda and pairing them with some thoroughly modern music. There’s no smirking kitsch, here, however: These songs are fascinated by the human capacity for wonder, endurance and plain decency, the light-headed space-rock of “Everest” paying tribute to the mountain-climbing spirit, the poignant banjo groove of “ROYGBIV” poignantly suffused by the miracles of modern technology: “I believe in this world to come…I think it’s going to be a pretty good world.”
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