Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   6/14/2014   7-inch, A Library

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

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