Nearing 100,000 UK sales for their breakthrough album ‘The Race For Space’, indie phenomenon Public Service Broadcasting return with their fourth album, ‘Bright Magic’, the follow up to 2017’s ‘Every Valley’, which entered the chart at Number 4 on release.
Inspired by the Rory McLean book ‘Berlin: Imagine A City’ and named after a collection of short stories by Alfred Döblin, the record celebrates one of the greatest cultural capitals of the world, Berlin.
Written and recorded entirely at Hansa Studios in Berlin, the album is split into three parts - Building A City / Building A Myth / Bright Magic – and Side B of the album is a homage to Side B of David Bowie’s ‘Low’. Side A of the record includes the singles ‘People, Let’s Dance’ and ‘Blue Heaven’.
The album features guest appearances from Berlin legend Blixa Bargeld (The Bad Seeds, Einsturzende Neubauten), Andreya Casablanca of Berlin band Gurr and Berlin Based artist EERA.
Hansa is world renowned as the studio responsible for classic albums including ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, ‘The Idiot‘ and ‘Lust For Life’ by Iggy Pop and Depeche Mode’s third, fourth and fifth albums ‘Construction Time Again’, ‘Some Great Reward’ and ‘Black Celebration’.
The artwork is designed by Berlin artist Torsten Posselt, who has a long relationship with the Erased Tapes label, designing art for the likes of Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and Rival Consoles, among others.