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Broadcast, ‘Berberian Sound Studio’

The UK band Broadcast (its varying personnel centered around the constants of James Cargill and Trish Keenan) was often lumped in with bands like Stereolab and Pram, whether for its dreamy engagement with forgotten sounds, or its beguiling subversion of European pop. But since Keenan’s death in 2011, the void left feels wholly unique and ultimately unfillable. With “Berberian Sound Studio” — a soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s 2011 psychological thriller, made up of bits recorded prior to Keenan’s passing — Broadcast fans can get a taste (or 39) of what might have been. For a film about a Foley artist who comes undone while working on a horror flick, you’d be hard pressed to find a more compatible group. Sinister organs, growling synths, disembodied voices swirl around in familiar vortices of reverb. These tiny tracks are so bewitching, in part, because they vanish so quickly. “Berberian Sound Studio” is like a notebook filled with a lost love’s handwriting. (Out Tuesday)


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