Benjamin John Power is one half of Bristol noise duo Fuck Buttons, he is now one whole of the off-shoot project Blanck Mass. There is a full length album lined up for release in June but the opening song Land Disasters can be downloaded below. My initial thoughts are that it kind of sounds like Fuck Buttons without the melodic dancey parts, just a fuzzy kind of drone that builds and swells almost aimlessly. There is an ambient track here being shrouded behind white noise and static, being almost suffocated of room to breathe or melody for company. It’s not until the very end when the song is dying down that the glowing embers of any kind of synth or keys present themselves. I’m quite liking the song but there is very little to go on in terms of guessing how the rest of the album is going to sound, personally I’m hoping for a bit of variation or at least some context.
Blanck Mass – Land Disasters MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
Following on from my last post is another act from Animal Collectives eclectic ATP line-up. Khaira Arby is from Mali and is a cousin of the legendary Ali Farka Toure, not only this but she is apparently a pretty big deal in her home country. As you can hear in this, the second song from her album Timbuktu Tarab, she has a set of lungs on her. Along with some great guitar work and buoyant percussion, she is preceded by an excellent live reputation. Check her out:
Khaira Arby – Khaira MP3 (Right Click / Save As)