Remembering Broadcast's Trish Keenan
by Philip Sherburne | January 19, 2011
Broadcast were one of the most exciting avant-pop outfits of the '00s, drawing lines between the jangle of classic indie pop, the retro-futurist mystique of Stereolab (whose Duophonic label Broadcast recorded for, before moving to Warp Records), and the psychedelic charge of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and early computer music. Never easy to pin down, Broadcast surprised even their most devoted followers with their last album, 2009's Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, which cast their off-kilter dream pop in a hazier, more psychedelic mold.
Last week, Trish Keenan one half of the duo passed away at the age of 42, laid low by pneumonia. It's a tragic, premature end to Broadcast's remarkable transmissions. Whether you're a fan of the band or a newcomer to their catalog, I'd urge you to read some of the memorials occasioned by Keenan's passing, particularly Nitsuh Abebe's affecting tribute for New York Magazine and Jess Harvell's appreciation in Pitchfork. As a poignant appendix to Keenan's remarkable life and career, Fact magazine unearthed Keenan's "Mind Bending Motorway Mix," completed just weeks ago and streaming on SoundCloud.
We've assembled our own tribute in the form of a playlist sampling tracks from all the Broadcast albums and EPs in Rhapsody's catalog.