Not much needs to be said. Broadcast showed an entire generation that their grandparents’ music could be cool. Almost single-handedly, the Birmingham quartet, led by singer Trish Keenan and keyboardist Roj Stevens, reintroduced youth culture to the freakbeat sounds of artists like Delia Derbyshire and The United States of America. In short, they once again made it hip to make music with a variety of repetitive bleeps and blorps. Quite frankly, they made the world a better, better place.
OS OVNI know this all too well. The Austin, Texas duo make the kind of music that would make the late Trish Keenan proud. This isn’t your usual Chris and Cosey clone-age. Logan Owlbeemoth and Omebi Velouria owe more to fringe artists like Mort Garson than Miss Kittin. For their tribute, they decided to cover Broadcast’s “You Can Fall” with metallic talons. Where the original revels in its own Space Age bachelor pad, this one lies somewhere on the corner of Tinnitus Pan Alley. C’mon, anything too faithful would hardly be a tribute to a band that took pride in sounding exactly unlike their musical peers. Retro has always been the new Futurism, and analog synths have always sounded more modern than their digital counterparts.
If you like the way this sounds, and I am sure you will, you can find their limited output on their Tumblr (linked above) and also look for their track on the new Twin Peaks tribute released on Phantasma Disques. Hopefully, they signal the coming of a new breed of artists that take themselves a little less seriously and make music that retains its density without being heavy to the point of fatigue.
This track, and an OS OVNI cover of Kraftwerk’s “Radioactivity” are both currently available for download as the latest Beko digital single.- Nattymari