Late Night Final, the new side project from Public Service Broadcasting’s J. Willgoose, will release an album, A Wonderful Hope, on 11th December 2020 via PIAS. Today he shares the first single, “The Human Touch”, featuring the Cardiff-based soundscape artist, Teddy Hunter, along with a video created by Nic Finch. About the track, J. Willgoose said: “I asked if Teddy might be interested in coming up with some vocal ideas for a track on the record and she sent through loads of interesting vocal fragments and melodies. I pieced them all together and then, as with the rest of the album, recorded it as one long live take using just hardware sequencers and synths.”
As one of the many consequences of this year’s pandemic and ensuing lockdown, J. Willgoose found himself with some time on his hands. With the next Public Service Broadcasting album recording sessions delayed, and all the band’s equipment stuck in a different country, he cobbled together old synths, sequencers and pedals and set about creating something new. Originally intended as an experiment in ambient music, the recordings developed into something more fulsome culminating in an entire new body of work in the shape of a 4 track LP under the Late Night Final pseudonym.
With nods to the likes of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, KLF’s seminal Chill Out album and contemporary artists such as Amulets and Kelly Lee Owens, Late Night Final retains Public Service Broadcasting’s playful ear for a tune which weaves understatedly through the record’s beautifully immersive cerebral soundscape.
About the project, J. Willgoose said: “I found this way of working – making music ‘live’, almost, without the use of a computer, and using some generative, random techniques for melodies and rhythms – to be really liberating. It’s definitely resulted in something different from what people might have come to expect, with the music given more time to evolve and more of an emphasis on sound and texture.”