Late Night Final, the new side project from Public Service Broadcasting’s J. Willgoose, shares the expansive opening track from his upcoming debut album, A Wonderful Hope, out on 11th December 2020 via PIAS.
Late Night Final, the new side project from Public Service Broadcasting’s J. Willgoose, today shares the expansive opening track from his upcoming debut album, A Wonderful Hope, out on 11th December 2020 via PIAS.
Sampled from a company response accidentally triggered when using a new loop pedal, “Thank you” features the words thank you floating through a timeless synth-space, picking up percussive pace and shifting pitch on a lonely quest for connection.
Written during this year's lockdown, the album was born out of a deep rooted yearning to connect with other humans and a need to do something creative and regain some sense of control.
“We were working on the next Public Service Broadcasting album when the restrictions hit,”
“All of our equipment was stuck in a different country and we were unable to meet up. I’ve always wanted to explore a more meditative sound, inspired by Brian Eno, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream
and KLF’s seminal ‘Chill Out’ album. This felt like the perfect opportunity.”
The 45 minutes of music that grew out of his lockdown reflect the make-do-and-mend attitude of the period: listen out for the distorted sound of his baby’s metal rattle played backwards on track two and samples from his local park on the fourth and final track. Willgoose also explores theories of random music generation as well as the human capacity for hope.
“We will find our way back to a world in which live music will happen again. But I’m less optimistic in person than I am on record. Music allows me to express hopes I find difficult to acknowledge in everyday life. I made this whole album picturing a dance tent at 4am or a room late at night,
full of people, movement and warmth and all the joy that that can bring.
It feels like I was sending signals out into space.”
“Thank you” follows the release of the first single, “The Human Touch”, featuring the Cardiff-based soundscape artist, Teddy Hunter, along with a video created by Nic Finch.
Late Night Final - A Wonderful Hope