Blanck Mass: New Music From Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power

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While we wait for a new album from Fuck Buttons, here’s something interesting – Blanck Mass, the solo project of Benjamin John Power (who is, of course, one half of the aforementioned band). The album, also entitled Blanck Mass, is far more relaxed and ambient than the work of Power’s main band – with the beats stripped out entirely and the noise toned down, the focus is on multi-layered soundscapes of looping guitar, calming synths, and environmental noise. The record is, according to the press release, “loosely themed around cerebral hypoxia and the beautiful complexity of the natural world.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t even know what cerebral hypoxia was until I looked it up on Wikipedia (it’s a reduced supply of oxygen to the brain, in case you were similarly baffled) – who said music can’t be educational? Anyway, if you want to get an idea of the kind of thing you can expect from the record, then you can listen to (and download) the track ‘Land Disasters’ below:

Blanck Mass – ‘Land Disasters’

Power also notes in the press release that “Soundtracking nature documentaries would work out pretty well for me” – and based on this evidence, I’d certainly agree. Although, to be honest, Blanck Mass seems like the perfect, blissed-out soundtrack to… well, just about anything really.

Blanck Mass is released on Rock Action records on the 20th June.

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