If Broadcast have been unfairly compared to their better-known friends Stereolab, neither group would deny their commonalties: a love of Krautrock, Sound Library music, ’60s psych and the presence of chanteuses well-versed in literature and mod elegance. But where Stereolab go populist, Broadcast get personal. Where Stereolab go pop, Broadcast turns dusky. To be fair, the two are quite different. On Ha Ha Sound, you’ll still hear the influence of Nancy Sinatra, ’60s film music, United States of America and Joe Meek. But now their songwriting has caught up with their obscure knowledge. And this is the sound of Broadcast hitting their stride. Ha Ha Sound is what Broadcast have promised all along, and it is resplendent.