EEGCD 38 Broadcasting From Home
Produced by Simon Jeffes
Released on 1984
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K ronomyth 3.0: O PENGUIN OF EAR, YOUR LOVELY MIND. Not the sanguine café orchestra of their second album, Broadcasting From Home is similar in sound but more atmospheric and restrained. Now a restrained penguin (boing) you would say is no fun, and there are some light moments on here (“Music For A Found Harmonium,” “Heartwind,” “In The Back of a Taxi”), but nothing as joyous as “The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas” or “Penguin Café Single.” Recorded over two years and featuring much of the same cast as the first two albums, Broadcasting is clearly part and parcel of the original vision: mixing serious and non-serious instruments together into short songs that sound like sunlight in your ears. Only it’s a dappled sunlight this time, interspersed with passing clouds. A song like “Air,” featuring heavy harmonium and made of mist and lost sailors’ souls, or the stationary “White Mischief” gives the album a stilted feel suited to an E.G. artist (Brian Eno, Harold Budd). Despite the more serious tones and addition of new elements like horns, Broadcasting isn’t a step forward so much as a step back from the joyous, toyous music of the second, eponymous album. When you have at your core three quarters of a string quartet, a certain amount of high-mindedness is to be expected. And not everything needs to be ukelele and milkbottle, as the excellent “Isle of View” demonstrates. Ultimately, Broadcasting is a good album in PCO’s by-now-familiar idiom that inches toward respectability. It’s not the arresting oasis you might remember, but there’s still rest and refreshment to be had here.


  1. MUSIC FOR A FOUND HARMONIUM    (Simon Jeffes)    3:36
  2. PRELUDE & YODEL    (Simon Jeffes)    3:51
  3. MORE MILK    (Simon Jeffes/Geoffrey Richardson)    3:10
  4. SHEEP DIP    (Simon Jeffes/Geoffrey Richardson)    3:57
  5. WHITE MISCHIEF    (Simon Jeffes)    5:48
  6. IN THE BACK OF A TAXI    (Simon Jeffes)    3:21
  7. MUSIC BY NUMBERS    (Simon Jeffes/Geoffrey Richardson)    4:41
  8. ANOTHER ONE FROM THE COLONIES    (Simon Jeffes/Neil Rennie)    3:04
  9. AIR    (Simon Jeffes)    4:20
  10. HEARTWIND    (Simon Jeffes/Ryuichi Sakamoto)    4:11
  11. ISLE OF VIEW (MUSIC FOR HELICOPTER PILOTS)    (Simon Jeffes)    4:29
  12. NOW NOTHING    (Simon Jeffes)    2:59


SIMON JEFFES -- harmonium, cuatro, guitar, electric guitar, milkbottles, triangle, bass, violin, drum, piano, Linn drum computer, ukelele, metal plate, Omnichord, soloban, spinet, dulcitone, penny whistles
GEOFFREY RICHARDSON -- viola, shaker, bass, electric guitar, penny whistle
GAVYN WRIGHT -- violin
Marcus Beale -- electric violin (9)
Dave Defries -- trumpet, flugel
Fami -- drum (6)
Mike Giles -- drums (11)
Kuma Harada -- bass (1,11)
Trevor Morais -- hi hat, wood block, cow bell
Steve Nye -- piano
Neil Rennie -- ukelele (6), cuatro (8)
Annie Whitehead -- trombone
Ian Morais -- recording engineer
Emily Young -- cover paintings
Ching Ching Lee -- calligraphy
Town & Country Planning -- design

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FRA/GER 1984 Editions EG LP 823 335-1  
JPN 1984 EG Records LP 28MM-0382 poster
NET 1987 Virgin CD 787 447-2  
UK 2008 Virgin CD EEGCDR-38 digital remaster
JPN September 26, 2008 EMI CD VJCP-68885 digital remaster


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