Blanche Blanche Blanche: Breaking Mirrors LP (Wharf Cat, 2013)

April 5, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Blanche Blanche Blanche: Breaking Mirrors LP

Blanche Blanche Blanche: Breaking Mirrors LP

I really should’ve reviewed this after I saw this band in Brooklyn last year, but now I’m going through my “review” folder and deleting stuff I’m just never going to get around to reviewing and I realized I never talked about this. Anyway, this group released my favorite album of 2012, and have since grown from a home recording project into a band with several members (I counted at least 6 onstage) which plays live and recorded this LP in a studio. Which means that it misses out on the hissy lo-fi sound of the earlier material, but now has expanded realms of studio trickery and composition complexity. More angular guitar sounds instead of chintzy out-dated keyboards. A bit rougher and angrier, too, not as much of the oddly tender moments on some of the previous records. There’s also a new sense of repetition; “Fire” repeats the titular word throughout the entire song, and “Zeroing In” similarly repeats “zero” until it truly does zero in. Just another bizarre, confounding album from one of my favorite weird-pop groups of the past few years.

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