Highway Companion is coated with a golden luster thanks to Jeff Lynne’s warm production and Petty is clearly careful with his words, delivering breezy, story-driven songs of contemplation, mobility, and the passage of time.
The Future Crayon is a compilation of nearly all of Broadcast’s B-sides and rare tracks from 1999 to 2003, mostly showcasing the spacious, unsettling and rhythmic side of the group.
Tom Petty’s second solo album stretches and breathes over fifteen well-crafted simply put tracks of contemplation; a rustic, homespun, mature collection of songs that seem to fall off the bone as if Petty never broke a sweat in writing them.
The first compilation album from Broadcast shows them carving out their own spot in the electronic space, collecting The Book Lovers EP as well as some other early songs from their activity in the 90’s, years before the release of their studio debut.
The debut solo album from Tom Petty is a pure, chilled-out rock record that’s soaked in summer rays, tapping into the power of rhythm guitar and journeying through Petty’s influences from the 50’s and 60’s.
Perhaps no group was better suited to score the 2012 thriller-horror film Berberian Sound Studio than Broadcast, and the result of the pairing is a soundtrack that captures burgeoning anxiety, wide-eyed paranoia and primal fear through fragmented bits of disturbing audio.
The buddies from Gainesville bring it home again with a tighter and warmer sophomore album, forging ahead with no covers and opting for a varied collaboration instead with Petty still at the helm.
Visual Album Review: Broadcast – Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Broadcast’s joint project with the Focus Group (a.k.a. Julian House) is a simultaneously old-fashioned and otherworldly trip through mostly short, experimental pieces that make for a successful alchemy.
Before the Heartbreakers, there was Mudcrutch, the band which Tom Petty would reassemble over 30 years later to release their official self-titled debut which reexamines their Floridian roots with concentrated southern rock, some bluegrass leanings and country love.
Stripped down to a duo for the first time, Trish Keenan and James Cargill whittle down their sonic pallette too with their third studio record that favors minimal elements over ornate instrumentation.
There’s less lift and fewer hooks this second time around, but the draw is still present and the group’s bond remains strong after the passing of the late great Roy Orbison, proving to be yet another whimsical collaboration of solidly written songs from four legends in popular music.
Nearly three and a half years after their impressive debut, Broadcast return with Haha Sound, an affectionate album full of electronic pieces that creak, clank and rattle away.