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Blonde Redhead - Reissue

    Feral art rock from the gritty depths of ’90s Manhattan. Japanese-Italian guitar symphonies for 120 Minutes refugees and Keith Haring enthusiasts alike. Blonde Redhead’s self-titled 1995 debut, in print as a definitive single LP for the first time since… ever.

    “These songs combine a raw need, a ready access to neediness, with seemingly incongruous cinematic changes reminiscent of ‘60s Italian pop music and movie scores. They switch between emotional grandeur and eye scratching immediacy.” - Arto Lindsay.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1 I Don’t Want U
    A2 Sciuri Sciura
    A3 Astro Boy
    A4 Without Feathers

    Side B
    B1 Snippet
    B2 Mama Cita
    B3 Swing Pool
    B4 Girl Boy

    Blonde Redhead

    La Mia Vita Violenta - Reissue

      Art-house kosmische from the battered basements of pre-9/11 New York. Polyrhythmic screamo for underemployed Gen-Xers and trust fund weed dealers alike. La Mia Vita Violenta, Blonde Redhead’s 1995 sophomore effort, in print as a definitive single LP for the first time since… ever.

      “These songs combine a raw need, a ready access to neediness, with seemingly incongruous cinematic changes reminiscent of ‘60s Italian pop music and movie scores. They switch between emotional grandeur and eye scratching immediacy.” - Arto Lindsay.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A:
      A1 (I Am Taking Out My Eurotrash) I Still Get Rocks Off
      A2 Violent Life
      A3 U.F.O.
      A4 I Am There While You Choke On Me
      A5 Harmony

      Side B:
      B1 Down Under
      B2 Bean
      B3 Withdraw
      B4 Young Neil
      B5 10 Feet High
      B6 Jewel

      Blonde Redhead

      Barragán

        After a trio of releases as potent as 'Misery Is A Butterfly', '23' and 'Penny Sparkle', it shouldn't come as a surprise that the new Blonde Redhead album, 'Barragán', sounds so confident.

        There is continuity in the presence of producer/mixer/engineer Drew Brown, who was a key member of the team during the making of 'Penny Sparkle', and who made a number of telling suggestions along the way this time around. It was Drew who persuaded the band to head out to Key Club Recording in Benton Harbour, Michigan, where they encountered an amazing trove of vintage synthesisers – it was, in Kazu's words, "analogue heaven."

        When Blonde Redhead formed back in 1993 – initially a quartet, but, from 1995 onwards, the indivisible trio of Italian / Canadian twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace and Japanese sometime art student Kazu Makino – their music was obscured by their associations with post-No Wave art noise. The name was taken from a song by Arto Lindsay's short-lived band DNA and back then, these references suggested a band just out of step with fashion, doomed innocents stumbling into an inhospitable post-grunge landscape.

        But they're still here. And after 21 years it's suddenly obvious that Blonde Redhead have never made records for fame, or for money, or to ape their teenage heroes, or to indulge any of the dumb, ephemeral impulses that clog up the blogosphere with dumb, ephemeral music. They're making music, simply, because they have to.

        From the opening title track of 'Barragán', where acoustic guitars sway lazily alongside the flute-like tones of a Chamberlin synthesizer, it’s obvious that these songs breathe. The melodies occasionally flirt with folk music; outdoor sounds, including a suite of field recordings that Drew made in London’s Kew Gardens, are woven gently into the mix; and there is the odd moment where the band lets down their guard and leave a charming imperfection in the finished article. “Maybe we should work on it a little bit more” murmurs Kazu, midway through the spare, slinky “Cat On Tin Roof.” Tracks like “Dripping,” “The One I Love,” and “Defeatist Anthem” have all the emotional punch of previous high water marks like “Elephant Woman” and “23” – they just feel slightly less calculated, more serendipitous. And “No More Honey” has as much soar and swagger as anything else in the Blonde Redhead catalogue.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Darryl says: With subtle and brooding guitars and occasional hazy electronics, Blonde Redhead return as classy as ever.


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