Editors’ Notes Gracefully walking the line between experimental and catchy, the Birmingham, England-based electronica group Broadcast (formed in the mid-‘90s) is joined by the Focus Group, a.k.a. Julian House (co-founder of the Ghost Box label), on this impressive work. Witch Cults takes snippets of this and that — watery sounds and birdsong are recurring elements — to create individual tracks, and this collage-like album flows wonderfully. “The Be Colony” is a lush slice of dreamy psych that features the sweet vocals of Broadcast’s Trish Keenan. On “I See, So I See So,” she’s backed by tweaked, vaguely baroque keyboard and the sounds of the seashore. “Ritual/Looking In” blasts off with an entrancing jazz-rock groove festooned with flutes poking out riffs; later the beat goes away and the work of the great American composer Harry Partch comes to mind. “Royal Chant” beautifully weaves together spoken word, music box-type tinklings, harp plucks, dog barks, and hard-to-identify effects to create a sense of magic.

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Intro / Magnetic Tales
1
0:38
 
The Be Colony
2
4:31
 
How Do You Get Along Sir?
3
1:10
 
Will You Read Me
4
1:20
 
Reception / Group Therapy
5
1:19
 
A Quiet Moment
6
0:58
 
"I See, So I See So"
7
2:08
 
You Must Wake
8
1:35
 
One Million Years Ago
9
2:16
 
A Seancing Song
10
2:19
 
Oh You Chatterbox
11
1:24
 
Drug Party
12
1:28
 
"Libra, the Mirror's Minor Self"
13
2:45
 
Love's Long Listen-In
14
1:47
 
We Are After All Here
15
2:32
 
A Medium's High
16
2:29
 
Ritual / Looking In
17
4:20
 
Make My Sleep His Song
18
2:41
 
Royal Chant
19
2:13
 
What I Saw
20
1:02
 
Let It Begin / Oh Joy
21
3:27
 
Round and Round and Round
22
1:39
 
The Be Colony / Dashing Home / What On Earth Took You?
23
2:30
 

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