Album Review: Blanck Mass – ‘Blanck Mass’

Flattening any promise of progress

When [a]Beady Eye[/a] released [b]‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’[/b], it became the internet joke du jour to comment on how surprising it was that Liam hadn’t come back with a dubstep album. How droll. But just as boorish guitar types die hard, Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin Power, on his first record as Blanck Mass, isn’t really breaking their spacey, rushing mould, instead slowing it down and ironing out the thrills.

“Loosely themed around cerebral hypoxia” [suffocation – Plain Speaking Ed], the effect is appropriately claustrophobic, but with the naivety of an earnest, overlong student sci-fi film rather than the beguiling, subtle drama of Power’s cited influence, Morricone.

Laura Snapes

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