Monthly Archives: April 2019
Look out! Electro genius legends Blancmange are on tour!
Most significantly they’re in sheffield this friday.
As the title of the event might suggest it’s in support of new album ‘Wanderlust’
The new album is focussed on similar themes to that done with the Fader project (Wrangler/Blancmange collaboration) but there’s a new energy to the approach – wistfulness turns to anger; dislocation morphs into a powerful desire to be somewhere else, with 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 frustration with modern devices and the limitations of people-defining algorithms and how such things are manipulating communication, the work place and daily life (people behaving like machines and treating each other like robots) is also expressed through ‘Talking To Machines’. But there’s a twist! After all the whole album is created by humans interacting with electricity and circuits. On this track, Arthur and Benge revel in the artificial sounds, using them like power surges underneath the John Lennon-like vocals and early ‘70s vintage beats – the ghosts at the heart of this machine-made song.
We’re very much looking forward to this!
You can also catch them in Liverpool