English art-rockers Public Service Broadcasting has released a new video for their recent single ‘Blue Heaven’.
The song’s title comes from jazz standard ‘My Blue Heaven’, and the song’s inspiration comes from a frequent performer of that number, German actress Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich was one of the few performers able to cross the sonic barrier between silent films and talkies and carried herself with the brash bravado that was a necessary component to her success.
“The lyrics highlight her power of self-manipulation, her ambition, her bravery and her lack of compromise on vital matters of character – ‘I am all my own invention/I’m in my blue heaven’ and so on,” says the band’s wonderfully named leader J. Willgoose, Esq. “It’s named after the jazz number ‘My Blue Heaven’, which she sang regularly and which she said first made her dream of America.”
To really push the Dietrich connection home, Public Service Broadcasting has enlisted Andreya Casablanca from the Berlin garage-pop band Gurr to give a multilingual interpretation of cinema stardom.
I needed a liberal amount of Google Translate in order to parse through lines like “Aber nein, bitte, danke, für die Freiheit bleib ich stark” (“but no, please, thanks, I stay strong for freedom”) only to realise after the fact that the lyrics were available, translated and all, in the description of the song’s Youtube video. I guess it pays to be thorough.
Anyhow, the song is a tremendous driving rocker that brings a feminine edge to the more masculine experimental sounds of Public Service Broadcasting. ‘Blue Heaven’ will be featured on the band’s upcoming fourth studio LP Bright Magic, and if all tracks have the same hooky power as ‘Blue Heaven’, PSB might be angling for a more accessible side to their dense and obtuse menagerie of genres.
Check out the video for ‘Blue Heaven’ down below. Bright Magic is set for a September 24 release.