❉ Cult synth act poised to release a new album written and recorded by Neil Arthur and co-produced by Benge.
‘Blancmange has been part of the soundtrack to my life ever since Happy Families was released.’ – John Grant
‘Probably the most under-rated electronic act of all time.’ – Moby
On 29 September, Blancmange are set to release a new album of 10 songs written and recorded by Neil Arthur and co-produced by Benge (Wrangler/John Foxx & The Maths and Gazelle Twin co-producer). It’s been a creative period for both of them, releasing their debut album as a new electronic duo – Fader’s First Light – in June 2017 and then the final sessions for Unfurnished Rooms followed immediately in the summer. For the new Blancmange album, all the songs were written by Arthur while Benge added percussion and layers of analogue synth, with the pair then mixing the record together in the latter’s Memetune studios in Cornwall.
The album follows the release of the first three Blancmange records – Happy Families (1982), Mange Tout (1984) and Believe You Me (1985) – as deluxe 3CD editions this summer. Despite breaking up in 1986, those records weren’t quite the end for Neil and original Blancmange partner Stephen Luscombe as they came back to great acclaim in 2011 with their fourth studio album, Blanc Burn – ‘new sounds and renewed enthusiasm’ (The Guardian).
Semi Detached (darker but still pop-savvy) followed in 2015, the first of several new albums written and recorded by Neil Arthur without the input of Luscombe due to illness. Blancmange’s first ever instrumental album, Nil By Mouth (ambient, new sense of freedom) came out in 2015 and Commuter 23 (minimalist, brutalist, raw with moments of hazy Krautrock) arrived in 2016.
UK Tour: October 5th Brighton Concorde 2; 6th London 229; 19th Southend Chinnery’s; 20th Southampton 1865; 25th Darwen Library; 26th Newcastle Boiler Shop; 27th Edinburgh La Belle Angele; 28th Glasgow Audio; November 2nd Bristol The Fleece; 4th Nottingham Rescue Rooms.
❉ Unfurnished Rooms is released on 29 September 2017 by Blanc Check Records (BCR010LP/BCR010CD/BCR010DD).
❉ News source: Random PR.
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