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    Blanche Blanche Blanche – “Heart and Soul / Map of The City” – [Feeding Tube Records]

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    Sweetly deranged synth covers
    Three Blanches == 2 Vermonsters (wait not connected
    to that band, two loopy dreamers living in Vermont,
    Sarah Smith and Zach Phillips). They caught my eye
    and ear as one of the unknown bands helping multiply
    the sound on David Van Tieghem’s recent 12″. So when
    I saw this in the recent generous pipeline from
    Feeding Tube, I wanted to check it out. Apparently
    it was one of the earlier recordings for this duo,
    and part of a Record Store deal. And hell it is a
    7″, hard to resist anything in that format. The
    sounds feel a little like the art students hijacked
    an 80’s high school dance for some synth covers. I
    hear corsages wilting, or is that the pitch wheel
    spinning? Honestly, I had never heard T’Pau before,
    (or blotted it out) Sarah’s spoken verses nerd up
    but she kinda sings her karaoke heart out on the
    choruses. I was won over by the breakdown part
    having her voice harmonize with itself. On the
    flip side they cover “Royal Trux” but they keep
    their same approach and equipment, to replace the
    Trux original’s ragged guitar swagger. It helps to
    accentuate the lyrics, which are either obtuse
    or perceptive…and likely both. The synth is
    starting to overheat on this one, but it’s all
    good, small, clean fun. I like that Feeding Tube
    has this knack for outside pop and in checking
    some of the Blanche Blanche Blanche online at
    OSR tapes (a label Zach runs), KFJC needs to
    connect at that core. Grey pet, you bet!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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