Public Service Broadcasting – “The Other Side” (Stereogum Premiere)

The acutely-focused conceptual duo Public Service Broadcasting released lead single “Gagarin” off their upcoming sophomore album, The Race For Space, a day after being added to the SXSW lineup last fall. Along with a new batch of tour dates, today they’re sharing follow-up single “The Other Side,” which again proves the UK pair are far more colorful than their name suggests. Featuring clips of the Apollo 8 launch from the British Film Institute, “The Other Side” plays like an epic sci-fi score that you can dance to at times. Short PA communications from ground control in Houston are enveloped by a synth bass sequence and a simple drum pattern which fade as the Apollo 8 comes into some peril toward the middle of the track. As ground control loses communication and the urgency in the agent’s voice grows, the instrumentation returns to build to a climax with atmospheric synths, crashing cymbals, and more complex drum hits. Get ready for a little space exploration and check it out below.

Tour dates:
03/17 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
03/18-21 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/25 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
03/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/28 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
03/29 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/31 San Francisco, CA @ Above DNA
04/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
04/03 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
04/04 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
04/06 Ottawa, ON @ The Observatory (Algonquin College)
04/07 Montreal, QC @ Le Ritz
04/08 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
04/10 New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/11 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

The Race For Space is out 2/24 via Cargo Records. Pre-order in digital and physical formats.