The fact that Public Service Broadcast’s album The Race for Space almost cracked the UK Top Ten last month speaks volumes about Britain’s appetite for experimental alternative music.
A concept piece that channels the story of the American and Soviet space race from 1957-1972, each track relives a major cosmic event, utilising actual voice recordings of communications between astronauts, politicians and space centre personnel, embellishing it with the band’s own musical talents.
Classic British electronic music collective The Orb were doing stuff like this on their seminal 1991 album The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, and actually doing it in a way cooler and less earnest manner than PSB. However, The Orb’s music primarily appealed to those raving in bucolic fields while tripping on acid, whereas a tune like Go! will comfortably play to enthusiastic school kids visiting science museums.