“Hearing the switch between hardened and heart-broke, it surprises, draws in, pulls us close. We learn not to expect outright acts of defiance, but we glimpse at what goes on behind…”
“It might not be as blunt or as brutal as those who excel in the hard games of powerplay, but it works as a seedy flick freakout; flirtatious, unnerving, and sultry…”
“An album that swerves between romance and violence, that tricks and takes us someplace other…”
“There’s loose linked expressions of imagination, intrigue, excitement and glitch-filtered flow. This first single just hints at the expansive tracks that I hope he’ll release in good time.”
“Wide-eyed and spacious, poppy and quiet, strangely shy-sounding and warm with a chill… fully formed with the flaws that go with.”
Harsh isolation, dystopian dreamscapes, semi-connected catharsis caught up in electronic precision.
That’s the evolving sound of Blancmange 2.0; collections of stripped down half hooks, building in escalating elaborations, repeated in sheets of thin ice and cool water. This is Neil Arthur from 2016’s Unfurnished Rooms, through to 2017’s Fader and Near Future, through this year’s Blancmange album Wonderlust.