Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley

Returning to Earth following 2015’s ‘The Race For Space’, Public Service Broadcasting moved operations to Ebbw Vale in South Wales. ‘Every Valley’ tells the story of the flourish and decline of the Welsh coal mining industry. Through meticulous research and musicianship, J. Willgoose and co. capture the history and emotions surrounding community spirit and the events which tested their mettle. 

The enchanting introduction of ‘Every Valley’, complete with an extract of Richard Burton, sets the scene perfectly. We then journey into ‘The Pit’ and get a sense of the ominous environment that greeted these brave men brought to life by a cleverly-crafted industrial sound. 

At this point in the album, we’re surrounded by optimism. ‘People Will Always Need Coal’ and ‘Progress‘ featuring Traceyann Campbell exhibit the uplifting qualities offered by much of their previous material. It was no surprise when the latter was released as the lead single to bridge the gap between albums.

Exchanging the wonder of space for a setting that’s closer to home, PSB have delivered yet another breathtaking album.

This is when the story progresses to the inevitable industry decline and growing frustration amongst those affected. ‘All Out’ is one of PSB’s most eruptive rock tracks to date and is sure to be a hit on tour. One can feel the palpable anger behind the track. 

As they always have, the interspersion of old recordings featuring locals affected by the events of the time work really well. ‘Go To The Road’ and ‘They Gave Me A Lamp‘ are prime examples. Add in Lisa Jên Brown’s vocal on ‘You + Me’ (on which Willgoose himself lends his own vocal talents – a role he’s avoided before) and the Beaufort Male Choir on ‘Take Me Home’ and you’re left in no doubt about the roots of this album.

Exchanging the wonder of space for a setting that’s closer to home, PSB have delivered yet another breathtaking album.


Noteworthy Details

Meticulously researched and beautifully executed
J. Willgoose Esq. finally sings!
Delightful collaborations

 

Rating

9/10



Track List
1. Every Valley
2. The Pit
3. People Will Always Need Coal
4. Progress (feat. Tracyanne Campbell)
5. Go To The Road
6. All Out
7. Turn No More (feat. James Dean Bradfield
8. They Gave Me A Lamp (feat. Haiku Salut)
9. You + Me (feat. Lisa Jên Brown)
10. Mother Of The Village
11. Take Me Home

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