Broads are a Norwich-based 2-piece who merge programmed electronics, synth drones and gradually-unfolding melody into a delicate, spacious wall of sound. Their HARK show marks the launch of their fourth full-length release, Field Theory, which has been supported by Arts Council England and Norwich Arts Centre.
Bringing the band favourable comparisons to Mogwai, Boards of Canada and My Bloody Valentine, Field Theory is Broads’ most focused and carefully-executed release to date. Drawing on themes of repetition, drone and incremental builds, the 11 tracks on the album take in brooding, lazy synth swells (‘Toze’, ‘Lund’), motorik electronica (‘Tiamat’, ‘Let Me Take It From Here’) and slow-building, dynamic post-rock (‘The Lecht’) – as well as the occasional moment of driving synth/dream-pop bliss as evidenced on recent single ‘Climbs’ which features vocals by long-time collaborator Milly Hirst. Having previously shared stages with artists such as Plaid, Mercury Rev and Winter Villains, Broads cut across elegantly between genres and should not be missed by admirers of Grouper, Stereolab, Purity Ring, Max Hecker and Sylvan Esso.
For this show, Broads will be joined by Milly Hirst, Joe Bear (Alto45), Stacy Gow (Magoo) and Christian Hubbard (EPIA).
“It is music which seems to roll over you in waves, it builds slowly cocooning the listener in fuzzy warmth and claustrophobic loveliness. And whilst it does all of that it also feels like a defining moment for music. It feels as if barriers, which up until now have kept certain genres from socialising, have been crossed and trampled to dust. This feels not just an important musical step, this feels actually groundbreaking” (Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture)
LK weaves together atmospheric loop-based soundscapes with reality-melting vocals. Listen to her EP ‘LAND’