Originally only released on social media this is the first time on vinyl for this 2014 collaboration between Dean Blunt (Hype Williams, Babyfather etc) and visual/folk artist Joanne Robertson. Robertson is a frequent Blunt collaborator featuring memorably on his The Redeemer LP. Vinyl only. No download.
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 October 2017
There's just no predicting Dean Blunt and that's the way we assume he likes it. This collaboration with folk artist Joanne Robertson veers between her lovely sprawling folk compositions and his edgier but still guitar led work. The two Robertson sung pieces that open the record are drifty and fingerpicked with discordant lead guitar (Blunt) giving an unnerving edge to proceedings. Blunt then sings a superb droney piece of underground folk that recalls Bill Callahan imbued with some of Swans deathly chug.
It's all rather excellent and it's fascinating how they get such varied pieces out of basically two guitars. Only over on the flip do we see any of the off kilter sampling that marks much of Blunt's work as Robertson sings over the sort of dreamily chopped orchestral sample that Blunt used to good effect on 'Black Metal'. The pieces here are typically loose and fractured but are always inventive. Robertson provides a good foil for Blunt (whose rich voice is rarely evident).
It's another Blunt release that you may not like all of but expands his curious and shapeshifting take on music.
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