On 19th October 2018, Blancmange will release a new album of ten songs composed by Neil Arthur, and arranged, co-produced and mixed with Benge (Wrangler/Creep Show) at the latter’s Memetune Studios in Cornwall. This is the pair’s third album together following their Fader First Light album in June 2017 and they also collaborated on last year’s Blancmange opus, Unfurnished Rooms – described by Mojo as ‘detached, wistful, touched by computer-age unease.’
The new album is focussed on similar themes but there’s a new energy to the approach – wistfulness turning to anger; dislocation morphing into a powerful desire to be somewhere else, and always a sense of someone fighting for forward motion, dreams, family and the joys of life while seeing, as Arthur puts it, ‘the pretence of a normal world being erased.’
This spirit is also in the music, which is vital, percussive, full of analogue machine-noise and chunky basslines.
01. Distant Storm
02. In Your Room
03. I Smashed Your Phone
04. Gravel Drive Syndrome
05. Talking To Machines
06. Not A Priority
07. TV Debate
09. White Circle, Black Space
Near Future released their debut album Ideal Home on 25th May, 2018.
The collaboration between Blancmange’s Neil Arthur and solo electronic artist Jez Bernholz dates back a couple of years.
Files were swapped, sounds and lyrics re-wired, and Ideal Home is the gloriously minimal result. The album is icy and detached; beautiful and otherworldly; Bernholz’s spoken word monologue on ‘Dawn’ sounding like a warning signal from the subconscious, while digitised electronics usher in some of Neil Arthur’s most intimate vocals.
1. Ideal Home
2. Field This
4. Fish And Chips
5. Thought Terminating In Your Night
6. Come And Play
8. Gap In The Curtain
9. Kites Over Waitrose
10. Bulk Erase
We’re pleased to announce we’ve added more dates to the November Wanderlust Tour in Cardiff (3 November), Darwen Library Theatre (7 November) and Derby Flowerpot (30 November). For full details please visit the TOUR DATES page