They did tell us that they would be doing something a little different and now, having already revealed that album number two would be all about space, Public Service Broadcasting have returned and delivered on that promise, in spades.
When we spoke to Mr J. Willgoose, Esq back in January as part of our Blogathon, he gave us a little insight into the, at that time unnamed, “Gagarin”. ”What I will say is that it’s very incongruous, he told us, ”deliberately so. It doesn’t match the subject matter in the way that you’d think it would. But that is the point, for me. I think we need to be brave in the way we develop things from here”.
While Mrs Willgoose, esq may have suggested it was a bit ‘cheesy’, we are of the mind that the deliciously groovy and uptempo beat and sensibility of “Gagarin” is actually a superbly uplifting piece of electronic-funk-pop. It is still distinctly PSB, and not just because of the sample use, with little Willgoose signatures in there (call backs to “Signal 30”for example) as well as (it sounds to us) as a little Muppet Show reference thrown in too.
As for the bravery that Mr J spoke of, clearly it extends to cutting shapes as the video (which you can watch below) features the pair (yes, even Wrigglesworth), donning their custom PSB space suits, and busting some moves on the dancefloor. Ok, so it might not actually be them doing the dancing, but to paraphrase a famous TV poster, we want to believe.
Regardless, it is a great video and a cracking tune.