Eccentric musical pioneers Blancmange have announced the release of their new album titled 'Unfurnished Rooms'.
Written and recorded by Neil Arthur and co-produced by Benge (Wrangler/John Foxx & The Maths and Gazelle Twin co-producer), the 10-track album will be release in September 29 via Blanc Check Records. It’s been a fantastically creative period for both of them, releasing their debut album as a new electronic duo – Fader’s First Light - in June 2017 and then the final sessions for Unfurnished Rooms followed immediately in the summer.
For the new Blancmange record, all the songs were written by Arthur while Benge added percussion and layers of analogue synth, with the pair then mixing the record together in the latter’s Memetune studios in Cornwall. 'Don't Get Me Wrong' features John Grant on piano and backing vocals.
It is the fourth Blancmange album to see Neil Arthur working solo without the input of Stephen Luscombe who retreated from the project in 2015 due to illness.
Pre-order the album here, check out the tracklist and stream the new single "What's The Time?" below.
UK synthpop band OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) have premiered the video for their new single "The Punishment of Luxury".
Andy McCluskey explains: “Most people in the Western world are materially better off than their predecessors ever were and yet we are unhappier. Now we have many possessions we don’t need because we’ve been persuaded to buy. This is the punishment of luxury.”
The song is part of our current playlist and is the title track of their forthcoming 13th studio album 'Punishment of Luxury', which will hit the stores on September 1st via White Noise Records. Pre-order your copy here.
Aussie new wave musician Marc Baker has premiered his excellent debut single "No Place I'd Rather Be".
Produced by Ben Plant (of synthpop group Miami Horror), the track has an addictive vintage sound. Baker brings attitude to pop and romance to punk.
UPDATE 17/072017: "No Place I'd Rather Be" is our new Single of The Week!!
"The song to me, like most of the things I write, is about this struggle I’m having falling in and out of love, something I still haven’t learned how to navigate. It’s taken me sometime to be okay with being vulnerable and honest in my art and Ben has really helped articulate my thoughts through song.” Says Baker.
Nine Inch Nails have announced the release of their new EP ‘Add Violence’.
The follow-up to last year's ‘Not The Actual Events’ (the first of a trilogy of EPs), will be out digitally on 21st July, a physical release will follow on September 1.
According to the press the record finds NIN “becoming more accessible and impenetrable at the same time”.
“The sonic palette expands significantly from Not the Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance. The narrative arc linking the three records begins to emerge through the disassociated lyrics and the provocative and clue-filed cover artwork and accompanying physical component.”
check out the EP's tracklist and the video for their new single "Less Than" below, directed by Brook Linder.
French new wave musician Theo Lefebvre aka You Are Number Six has dropped his new single "Miami".
The song "features caribbeans melodies, distorted vocals and sexy guitar solos", and is the first track taken from his upcoming EP 'Androgynes', which will be out next week (July 17). Pre-order your copy on Bandcamp.
Reading, England based indie rock band Sundara Karma have premiered the video for their infectious new track "Lakhey".
The song is part of our current playlist and is one of the three new tracks (the other two are Explore and nother Word For Beautiful") that features on the deluxe edition of their debut album 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect', out today (7th July). Buy it here.
Australia indie rock/ synth pop band Fairchild have unveiled the video for their newest single "So Long and Thank You".
The song is part of our current playlist and is the title track of their forthcoming debut studio album 'So Long And Thank You', which will be released on August 4th via the band’s own label, Canvas Sounds. Pre-order your copy here.
The video was directed by Tommy Davies. Check out below.