Norfolk electronic duo Broads release animated video for ‘Climbs’ plus new ‘Tiamat+3’ EP
British electronic duo Broads have revealed their new video for ‘Climbs’ feat. Milly Hirst, the lead track off their 11-track album ‘Field Theory’. This is well timed with the low key release of their new ‘Tiamat+3’ EP. Not long ago, the band also unveiled a new video for ‘Us & The Buzzing’.
The new video for ‘Climbs’ featured animation created by Tara Jane Peak, who notes, ‘I really loved the build up of the song, so I wanted to reflect that. For me, the process was very experimental and abstract, with the music guiding the pace. Working with these guys was awesome and super fun. I really enjoy their music and hope they make more!’
After several releases as a solo artist, James Ferguson says Broads’ dynamics started to change with the release of the ‘Hellas’ LP (Jan 2016), undergoing a kind of sonic breakthrough with Mark now joining James for live shows and co-writing one of its tracks ‘Soft Homo’ – the first time Broads had really arrived at their now-signature sound, marrying droning, lo-fi synths and slow build through repetition with straightforward electronics.
Broads started to perform more around Norwich and occasionally in Cambridge, Suffolk and London. By the time Broads released their split album ‘Local Closures’ with Mark’s other project EPIA, they were opening for Mercury Rev at the Norwich Arts Centre, followed soon after by Broads’ third album ‘Everything is Spinning, Nobody Is Actually In Charge’ (December 2016) with Mark and James once again co-writing.
Some very cool developments were happening for the duo, including work on a live soundtrack for the British Film Institute – composing for a sequence of archive film footage of rural/agricultural Norfolk scenes, and performing live in beautiful venues across the region – as well as a sold-out gig at the NAC with Plaid.
Broads took inspiration from left field on this album from road biking in the Scottish Highlands to news of George Romero’s death, Purity Ring’s second album and Unwound’s ‘New Plastic Ideas’, as well as lot of old sci-fi and horror movies.
Lyrics on ‘Climbs’ by James Ferguson and Milly Hirst
Performed by James Ferguson and Mark Jennings, with help from Milly Hirst (vocals), Connie Chatwin (violin), Fifi Homan (cello), Joe Bear (drums), Stacy Gow (drums), Owen Turner (bass, horns) & FMSAO (electronics)
Produced by Broads & Owen Turner
Artwork by Paul Escott
Live Photos by Matt Tullett