Swelling in sonic density, NEAR FUTURE’s ten-track debut album ‘Ideal Home’ is an enjoyable experimental collection of songs and soundscapes that showcases the music combination of Neil Arthur and Jez Bernholz.
NEAR FUTURE kindly took time out to chat about their first full length fruit of labour and described how their partnership has allowed each of them to think outside of their regular artistic boxes to produce a quite unusual but accessible body of work. Continue Reading ›
Following the collaborative project with Benge as FADER, this relationship is perpetuated with the JOHN FOXX sideman tackling production duties on the new BLANCMANGE album ‘Unfurnished Rooms’.
The eponymous album opener is an intriguing mixture of guitar textures, interlocking monosynths and Linn Drum programming. Neil Arthur’s vocals convey a real sense of loss and a brilliant chanting “search, search!” helps tie the whole piece together. Continue Reading ›
To say that Neil Arthur is in the most prolific stage of his career would be an understatement. Since BLANCMANGE returned in 2011 with ‘Blanc Burn’, there have been a further three long players.
September 2017 sees the arrival of the eighth BLANCMANGE long player ’Unfurnished Rooms’; Neil Arthur kindly spoke to The Electricity Club about ‘Unfurnished Rooms’, working with John Grant and his thoughts on the new LCD SOUNDSYSTEM album… Continue Reading ›
Daniel Miller referred to BLANCMANGE affectionately as “the maiden aunts of electronic music”, while Moby considers them “possibly the most under-rated electronic act of all time”.
Edsel Records release the first three BLANCMANGE albums as expanded 3CD editions which are also compiled as a deluxe 9 disc set entitled ‘The Blanc Tapes’. The bonus discs gather together B-sides, BBC radio sessions, live material and previously unreleased demos. Meanwhile, the horribly unsympathetic liner notes by Alan Robinson that adorned the 2008 Edsel reissues have now been replaced by commentary from Neil Arthur. Continue Reading ›
FADER is a new collaboration between Neil Arthur of BLANCMANGE and Benge, best known for his work with WRANGLER + JOHN FOXX & THE MATHS.
The FADER album ‘First Light’ showcases the strengths of both involved, whilst evoking a purist analogue electronic sound that harks back to the first wave of Synth Britannia when acts like THE NORMAL brought technology into the punk ethos. Neil Arthur and Benge kindly spoke to The Electricity Club... Continue Reading ›