Sightings: Thought Broadcast, Up-Maker 7″

It’s hard to create truly confounding and mysterious music in the age of information, and yet here we have Thought Broadcast. Inspired by “bands whose atonality and libidinal force were free from any purpose” and currently based in San Francisco, Thought Broadcast is defined by recordings as paranoid as they are restrained. Instrumentation slides in and out of time, mistake becomes intention, things are being said, but anything discernable isĀ just out of earshot.

The recently released Up-Maker 7″ on Phaserprone acts as a perfect introduction to the project’s music and philosophy – one which values confusion and personal connection over accessibility and passive consumption. The record was released in an edition of 175, computers were avoided, clues were planted with the past in mind, you will not find mp3s on Mediafire, you will be rewarded with music and thoughtful design if you put in the effort to track down the object. However, there don’t seem to be many left, so don’t dawdle. Living in a landscape where exhausting promotion has become the norm, it’s easy to forget that some of the most interesting music will still wait quietly to be discovered.

Thought Broadcast: “Noted Guerrillas”

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Words: Sam Franklin

Up-Maker was released late last year by Phaserprone in an edition of 175 copies and can be purchased from Fusetron or Volcanic Tongue.

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