London-based artist Dean Blunt presents a new live show in support of his first official solo LP, The Redeemer, which was released on his own World Music imprint in 2013.
The Redeemer follows his 2012 solo introduction The Narcissist II, which was a narcotic ode to an unspecified ‘girl’. The Redeemer proceeds with a yet more direct and heartfelt message, with a notable lifting of the veil of tape hiss and blurred signifiers that characterised Blunt’s previous work, both solo and with Inga Copeland as Hype Williams.
The result is a profound artistic statement as singular as it is somehow familiar, its strange, bruised grandeur rising from a disorientating swirl of contradictory emotion, the curse of love. Blunt evokes bygone memories, from first kisses to humiliation and heartache, be it as the heartbreaker or the heartbroken, with the acknowledgement that sometimes the two can exist in the same person. This is undoubtedly Blunt’s most romantic collection of compositions, but it’s a love that dwells in nightmares as well as in dreams. The listener becomes the character in Blunt’s unflattering romance, receiving scorned voicemail messages and whispers from lovers.
Musically the nineteen pieces found on The Redeemer are replete with vivid mosaics of sound and imagery, orchestral sonatas drifting into ravaged 4am ballads and feral psychedelia. Sonically and lyrically, Blunt captures the essence of modern romance: delusional, infatuated and all-consuming.
“A dizzying collage of chamber-pop, junkyard noise and ambient music that invites you into its world but bristles when you get too close. We’ve never heard a heartbreak album quite like it.”
– FACT (#1 Album of 2013)
Dean Blunt 9:30pm
Robert Parkinson DJ