Asawa Kuru Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Blonde Redhead are one of those slow burning bands, getting slightly bigger, slightly slicker on each release. Their previous 'Penny Sparkle' was a little too slick for my tastes so it will be interesting to see where they go next. They are to be admired - 21 years and still going strong - as their press blurb states -they're making music, simply, because they have to.
This blurb suggests a more organic approach - melodies occasionally flirt with folk music; outdoor sounds, a suite of field recordings that they made in London’s Kew Gardens, are woven gently into the mix; a cursory listen to 'No More Honey', guitars swirl back into the mix showcasing their recently dormant Sonic Youth influences. Yes it sounds polished but its grittier than before and in fact there is the odd moment where the band lets down their guard and leaves imperfections in the finished track such as on the slinky “Cat On Tin Roof”.
Released on a limited Edition vinyl package with accompanying "Peel and Reveal" sticker insert.