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Private View

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years and 16 albums later, Blancmange have re-signed to London Records with the captivating and inspired ‘Private View’ , melding futuristic electronics, Neil Arthur’s unmistakable vocal hooks, and songs spanning buoyant and joyful to dark and brooding. It’s a sumptuous motorik ballad where Arthur declares he is “lost without love” although this ending provides the best song on ‘Private View’.

Waking up with an idea seeded in 1980, ‘Here We Go Go’ is a song that could have come from the ‘Quartz’ album from FADER but with louder percussion, before it marvellously morphs into the artier drama of OMD for its conclusion. Brilliantly taking cues from the forest-laden atmospheres of CLUSTER, ‘Take Me’ features some wonderful piano and guitar work. We came off, with a few people giving slow handclaps… but then we watched Grace Jones, and our worlds changed. Blancmange has always utilized guitar in its electronic sound, but since Commercial Break, Arthur has not been afraid to bring the guitar front and centre. Forty years after adding understated guitar lines to Blancmange’s 1982 debut album Happy Families, Rhodes has brought equally tasteful textures to Private View.

We’ve already established that Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher was the undisputed chess champion of early 1980s pop. years and 16 albums later, Blancmange have re-signed to London Records with the captivating and inspired Private View, melding futuristic electronics, Neil Arthur’s unmistakable vocal hooks, and songs spanning buoyant and joyful to dark and brooding.

The references in that song are about painting a picture, and one of those references is Donald Campbell. So Fader and Blancmange have fundamentally different starting points, even though it’s the same two people. Since reforming in 2011 (Luscombe left 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.We discuss the fortunes of his beloved Blackburn Rovers, his fascination with white plastic chairs, his current favourite album (“ Waves by Low Altitude – absolutely bloody gorgeous”) and the cover art of Private View – a pixelated photo of his art student daughter, Eleanor. But, as you listen intently, you realise Neil Arthur weaves subtle conversational threads through them all. I used to do a lot of swimming, and Stephen was keen too – so we challenged them to a competition and we whupped their arses. Helen and I have had our ups and downs, but we’ve been together for over forty years now,” beams Neil.

FUTURE ISLANDS PEOPLE WHO AREN’T THERE ANYMORE 4AD It’s been a long wait for Future Islands’ latest effort, with it being four years since their last release, the acclaimed As Long As You Are. Despite it being 45 years since the teenage Neil Arthur left his native Darwen for the moderately bright lights of late 1970s London. Register for a See account here to import your Spotify library or ‘follow’ artists you find on our site to add them to your ‘favourites’.True, but what’s great about Blancmange is that the songs never feel like they’re self-consciously about Big Things. Blancmange vocalist Neil Arthur has been keeping busy since their 80s synthpop heyday, with Private View their 16th album. So, back in the early 1980s, was it London that helped transform the experimental Blancmange into a bona fide pop machine? With the backing of London, what an opportunity for people to say – hopefully – that this album is still relevant. Originally a duo comprising of Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe, the pair released a further two albums ‘Mange Tout’ and ‘Believe You Me’ before going on a lengthy hiatus.

As my dad would have said, ‘Oooh, that’s a nice piece of wood, that…’ Anyway, Helen and I got it all outside, and some of the wood had warped. There’s noisy drilling going on outside the Southbank Centre, so we move inside… but it doesn’t disrupt the flow. 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. But… we did a Greenpeace thing, standing with John Hurt next to an inflatable whale in Hyde Park – as you do – and then went off to do a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.She was climbing up the PA, changing costumes, balancing along a bar between the audience and the orchestra pit in high heels and this fantastic blue suit. So I took it down the dump with a load of other stuff – including VHS cassettes of all the films I’d taped over the years.



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