Broadcast Announce New Collection of Trish Keenan Demos

'Spell Blanket - Collected Demos 2006-2009' is arriving next year

BY Kaelen BellPublished Sep 29, 2023

Trish Keenan — the beloved songwriter and vocalist behind Broadcast — died unexpectedly in 2011 of pneumonia. She was only 42, and it's hard to think about all the music and magic that Keenan still had to offer. 

In the years since her death, her partner and Broadcast bandmate James Cargill has been sharing previously unheard demos on September 28, Keenan's birthday. This year, Cargill took the day to announce Spell Blanket - Collected Demos 2006-2009, a new collection of Keenan's demos that'll be arriving next year on Warp.

Here's the full statement, from Facebook:

Happy Birthday Trish.

Since Trish's untimely passing in 2011, James has continued to remember her by sharing unreleased Broadcast demos each year on her birthday, September 28th.

In the spirit of those birthday demos Broadcast present
Spell Blanket - Collected Demos 2006-2009

The collection comprises songs and sketches drawn from Trish's extensive archive of 4-track tapes and minidiscs. The recordings lay the groundwork for what would have been Broadcast's fifth album, offering an intimate window into the creative process of Trish and James during this period post Tender Buttons.

Spell Blanket - Collected Demos 2006-2009 will be released via Warp Records in early 2024.

In 2017, in honour of what would've been Keenan's 49th birthday, Cargill shared the demo "Tunnel View." In 2020, in honour of her 52nd birthday, he shared "Where Are You?"

In an interview with Under the Radar in 2011, Cargill said he was working on a new Broadcast album with vocals and music recorded prior to Keenan's death. "Trish left a lot of tapes, four-tracks and stuff, and I've been going through those," Cargill said. "It's difficult, and I'm connected to it at the same time. It's wonderful, but I'm also feeling a sense of loss." It's unclear if that album will ever come to light.

Revisit Broadcast's "Corporeal" from 2005's Tender Buttons

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