Doesn't seem that long ago that droves of teens were piling into Porty to party along the Prom (how's that for alliteration?!) but it was Baltic this morning. Having reached its highest point at 02.23 am, the tide was on its way out (low tide: 08.31 am) and was lapping the end of the groynes. One hardy wild swimmer and one guillemot spotted battling the strong waves, while black-headed gulls and herring gulls were foraging for lugworms etc. at the shore. I took some photos of the birds, and also buildings reflected in pools left by the receding North Sea.
Playlist: Public Service Broadcasting, Bright Magic (Play It Again Sam, 2021)
The fourth album by the London-based prog/pop group, this is an ode to Berlin, recorded in the renowned Hansa Tonstudio where David Bowie famously created the 'Berlin Trilogy' of Low, Heroes, and Lodger (RCA, 1977, 1977, 1979.)
A meld of sweeping electronica, krautrock (obvs), and punchy guitar riffs, wonderful musical interludes like 'Lichtspiel I: Opus,' 'Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weuss Grau,' 'Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale,' and 'Ich und die Stadt,' contain some of Brian Eno's DNA (who also collaborated with Bowie on his trilogy.) The latter would make an ideal alternative soundtrack for Blade Runner.
There are also more upbeat, catchier songs stepping far beyond the sample-laden instrumentals typifying their earlier work, and introducing strident guest vocals: 'People, Let's Dance' by Eera, and 'Blue Heaven' by Andreva Casablanca.
Related blog: The connection between my later father Allen and Public Service Broadcasting.