Relentless prankster Dean Blunt reappears with an album he allegedly recorded in a Moscow hotel room. The ten tracker has been released without much fanfare but expect it to sell out in an instant. These pieces are said to be more in tune with earlier works such as The Redeemer with downbeat, fractures songs topped off by Blunts unmistakeable mumble.
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- Stone Island by Dean Blunt
9/10 Robin Staff review, 19 October 2017
Not that I really need to tell you to buy a Dean Blunt record, but ‘Stone Island’ is still a wonderful slice. It’s also old as heck; initially offered from the depths of a Russian music website in the August of 2013, the record was supposedly put together from a hotel room on a stay in the country. It largely feels bundled in with the aesthetic of ‘The Redeemer’, his kinda-almost opus: serene but stark, supposedly ugly but unbelievably gorgeous, it offers phantoms of rock music, broken lounge, songs with buckets on their heads, spliced folk loops, hyper-real symphonies and voice mail laments.
‘Stone Island’ offers most of the weird things Blunt had proved himself great at making and self-sabotaging, but it’s also some of his most formally accessible work. features “Heat”, a collaboration with folk guitarist Joanne Robertson, who would go on to contribute to a series of duets on Blunt’s ‘Black Metal’. It’s a beautiful, downcast tune that somehow fits with nothing that resembles it, proving Blunt’s ability to curate cohesion on the sly.
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