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    Blanche Blanche Blanche – “Wink With Both Eyes” – [Night People]

    Sarah Smith and Zach Phillips, when I reviewed
    their Feeding Tube 7″ I definitely tasted the
    80’s but had no idea. If there is a sweeter,
    dorkier 80’s release in this milennium, I’ll
    watch every episode of Miami Vice from start
    to finish. While the Blanchers don’t totally
    drop the (Jan) Hammer on drum machines, the
    assortment of tidy time-keeping units and the
    stacks of clean synth, presets locked and
    loaded. Sarah’s vocals make Suzanne Vega
    sound like a valley girl cheerleader, Sarah’s
    steady even when the lyrics might not quite
    be the digital hostess cupcake that these
    sounds used to accompany. And even the
    sounds take some pretty tweaky breaks (does
    Zach own a Steely Dan record or two?) Catch
    the short guitar solos on the title track,
    and “Mercantile Rugs” Or some of the robo-faux
    steel drum fills on “With or Without You”
    (*not* a cover, I promise). The lyrics
    are really the thing that drops the cognitive
    dissonance into the VH1 aromaa, c’mon “That’s
    Siberia” and “Jason’s List”, from the latter
    “age 3 he’s nice and bright
    age 9 he’s lighting fires alight
    age 10 he shot a girl
    he’s everything in the world”
    I really like when Zach chimes in with some
    vocals, it feels like a tag-team powerpoint
    presentation, as on “The Fake” and “Fireworks”
    I’m kinda fascinated by this productive duo,
    the music challenges on the cheeziness and the
    lyrics challenge on the cranium. Check ’em out.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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