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BLANCMANGE announce details of a new album, and a return to London Records – Private View out 30 September 2022 – Listen to ‘Some Times These

BLANCMANGE

ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A NEW ALBUM AND A RETURN TO LONDON RECORDS

PRIVATE VIEW, OUT 30 SEPTEMBER 2022

LISTEN TO THE FIRST TRACK, ‘SOME TIMES THESE

LIVE PERFORMANCES INCLUDE GRACE JONES’ MELTDOWN – 17 JUNE (WITH JOHN GRANT) & EXTENSIVE AUTUMN TOUR

Blancmange are delighted to announce details of a new album, Private View, and a return to the label that released the band’s debut album, London RecordsPrivate View is out on vinyl, CD and digitally on 30 September 2022https://blancmange.lnk.to/PrivateView

 Distinctly Blancmange, while simultaneously expanding into new sonic terrain, the album launches today with the release of the first single ‘Some Times These’, a hook-heavy piece of electronic art-pop that combines Neil Arthur’s vocals with David Rhodes’ guitar and washes of immersive synths. 

Watch the video for ‘Some Times These’, with art direction and production by Harvey Wise here: 

 Across the album, there’s a deft marriage of futuristic electronic sounds, Arthur’s unmistakable vocal hooks, and songs that veer from buoyant and joyful to dark and brooding. Benge returns as a key collaborator, and David Rhodes (Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Scott Walker) returns as the guitarist, having previously performed with the band on 1982’s Happy Families (as well as several other Blancmange albums). Private View is set for release on London Records almost exactly 40 years to the day since they released their debut Happy Families and this neat full circle of Blancmange re-signing to the same label that ignited things all those years ago is also reflected in the album itself, being the perfect crystallisation of four decades of creativity. 

 In their post-punk early days, Blancmange made tape loops and experimental sounds with kitchen utensils, before developing into one of the definitive chart-topping British electronic pop acts. Since reforming in 2011 (Luscombe had to leave shortly after for health reasons) Arthur has harnessed a duality of experimentation and seamless pop melody to release a staggering 10 albums in the last decade. “I don’t know whether I’m on a roll but I feel something in me has been released,” he says. “I used to hold back and I didn’t trust myself. While I’m still full of self-doubt I’m now quite comfortable with it. This is it. We’ve only got one time around the block, so make the most of it.”

The past is used as a trigger to create new ideas – one track, ‘Here We Go Go’, has been in Arthur’s head since 1980 – and build fresh momentum, not as somewhere to linger. “A lot of people are frightened of the future and are quite happy to have a repeat of something that was done before,” he says. “But it’s just not for me. Looking forward you’ve got a hell of a world to try and navigate through at the moment. We’re all moving forward – so we’ve got to try and find some answers.” 

 This sense of perpetual forward motion that drives Blancmange is also reflected in the ongoing influence the music has on generations of artists and fans. Contemporary electronic producers like Honey Dijon and Roman Flügel have paid tribute with remixes, while John Grant continues to profess his love for Arthur’s music, old and new, and has invited Blancmange to perform as part of Grace Jones’ Meltdown festival in June. 

 An extensive UK tour throughout October, November and December will follow the Meltdown date, with a London show at the Islington Assembly Hall on 9 Dec – full details below.

 Private View is a record that manages to capture an artist who is potently in the moment when it comes to creating new work, while also being able to draw on 40 years’ worth of knowledge, experience and built-in intuition. “I’m really lucky to be able make the music completely on my own terms,” Arthur says. “Within myself there are no limits, there’s a massive palette inside and I will try anything.” 

 

Private View tracklisting

What’s Your Name

Some Times These

Reduced Voltage

Here We Go Go

Chairs

Who Am I

Everything Is Connected

I Tried To Be You

Private View

Take Me

 

PRIVATE VIEW TOUR

17 June – Grace Jones’ Meltdown – Southbank Centre, London

6 Oct – The HMV Empire, Coventry – w/ Bernholz

7 Oct – The Junction, Cambridge – w/ Oblong

8 Oct – Subscription Rooms, Stroud – w/ Oblong

13 Oct – Arts Centre, Colchester – w/ Oblong

14 Oct – University Y Plas, Cardiff – w/ Oblong

15 Oct – Cheese and Grain, Frome – w/ Oblong

20 Oct – Sub 89, Reading – w/ Oblong

21 Oct – The Level, Nottingham – w/ Oblong

22 Oct – Glassbox Theatre, Gillingham – w/ Oblong

27 Oct – The Fleece, Bristol – w/ Alice Hubble

28 Oct – The Boilerroom, Guildford – w/ Alice Hubble

29 Oct – Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne – w/ Alice Hubble

4 Nov – Exeter Theatre, Exeter

5 Nov – The Brook, Southampton

10 Nov – The Mill, Birmingham – w/ Alice Hubble

11 Nov – Kanteena, Lancaster – w/ Alice Hubble

12 Nov – The Forum Theatre, Barrow-in-Furness – w/ Alice Hubble

17 Nov – Corn Hall, Diss

18 Nov – Gorilla, Manchester – w/ Stephen Mallinder

19 Nov – Hangar 34, Liverpool – w/ Stephen Mallinder

24 Nov – The Wardrobe, Leeds – w/ Stephen Mallinder

25 Nov – The Leadmill, Sheffield – w/ Stephen Mallinder

26 Nov – The Riverside, Newcastle – w/ Stephen Mallinder

1 Dec – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – w/ Stephen Mallinder

2 Dec – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh – w/ Stephen Mallinder

3 Dec – Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow – w/ Stephen Mallinder

9 Dec – Concorde 2, Brighton – w/ Stephen Mallinder

10 Dec – Islington Assembly Hall, London – w/ Stephen Mallinder

 

 

Pre-order Private Viewhttps://blancmange.lnk.to/PrivateView

 

‘Some Times These’ video by Harvey Wise: 

 

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Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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