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Artist: Broadcast 2000
Album: Building Blocks EP
Label: Grönland Records
Release Date: August 25, 2008

The slight air of glockenspiel clinks, modest orchestration and cyclical fluctuations of acoustic guitar has never been so much as a commanding figure. But North London's Broadcast 2000, the successors to acoustic troubadours Artisan, have successfully employed such delicate forces in the most arresting manner feasible. And, as always, the power lies in front man Joe Steer's ability to stray from not only convolution but also the thick glaze of production which plagues most modern-day recordings.

Like a cavalcade of eleventh-hour sea chanteys, Broadcast 2000's debut, Building Blocks EP, is carried out as a series of critical revelations. The leading track "Get Up And Go" is pared away, leaving skeletal surges of pain and passion. Each verse is as rich with emotion as it is in detail, as alarming in its pathos as it is in its construction. Desperately beautiful heartache ebbs and flows, waltzing amidst utmost reverie.

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Broadcast 2000 - "Get Up And Go"

As if shedding some light on the inner workings of life, Broadcast 2000 effectively deal with the bittersweet grasp of love and the temporal nature of existence. For it is the pervasive aura of uncertainty—a fate unknown—that ultimately proves enchanting both at the surface and at a much deeper level. Each song finds Steer navigating a capricious sea of melody, the notes of life. And the results resonate like sheer white linen on a clothesline—so seemingly diaphanous that a sudden squall could simply blow them into oblivion.