Will Public Service Broadcasting release a second album? And, if so, what will it contain?
These are questions that I've been pondering recently. I've been listening to last year's Inform-Educate-Entertain album again, and while I maintain that it isn't perfect, it's still an utter barnstormer for the most part.
What I really want (surprise, surprise) is a concept album. None of the songs on their debut were really interrelated - there was one about fashion, one about driving too fast, one about Mount Everest, and so on. It was a thrilling assortment, no doubt about it, but I think album #2 needs to be a little more focused.
Meanwhile, @metaboatchris pointed me in the direction of Elfstedentocht Parts 1&2, the single that PSB recorded for this year's Record Store Day. It's named after Elfstedentocht, a skating tour that frequently takes place in the northern part of the Netherlands. Here's part one, the angrier, more rocked-up side of the RSD single:
What @metaboatchris suggested was an album on which each track represented a different country. Holland would be represented by one of the Elfstedentocht tracks, obviously; Germany could maybe have a track about the Berlin Marathon, and if Kraftwerk promise not to sue, they could even record a Tour de France song for France.
For my part, I don't really mind what the concept is as long as there is one. Even the bread theme that the band joke about in this tweet would be a good idea in my book.