Berberian Sound Studio was one of the finest films of 2012. Released on a limited cinematic run last summer, it’s a psychological thriller/horror affair starring Toby Jones as a sound effects specialist who begins work in an Italian horror film studio on an amazingly titled (if slightly worrying) film called The Equestrian Vortex. And he soon starts to go a bit mad.
So far, so Broadcast, you may think. And you’d be right. Having created spooky soundtracks for imaginary films – check out their 2009 album, Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age – creating unnerving accompaniments comes easy to them.
Using wonky equipment, elderly electronics, spooky organs and creepy reverb, James Cargill – the one remaining member after Trish Keenan’s shocking early death in 2011 – has assembled a perfect soundtrack for the on-screen action. This was the couple’s final work together, although Cargill has said there is more unreleased Trish-featuring material, which may come out in the future.
There’s a kid-in-a-sweetshop aspect to proceedings, as Cargill throws in everything to create a perfect spooky mood. Berberian Sound Studio and Broadcast are a perfect match, and this soundtrack – something you may not want to listen to alone if you keep hearing a weird noise outside the window – gives you an idea of how magnificent this band can be. — BBC