Blonde Redhead - 'Barragán'

The New York sophisticates take a battling approach to convention on ninth studio album

  • Release Date 01 Sep, 2014
  • Record Label Kobalt
8 / 10
'Barragán', the title of Blonde Redhead's latest adventures into twisted urbanite indie, means 'warrior' in ancient Spanish - a translation in keeping with the New York sophisticates' swashbuckling approach to convention on this ninth studio album. From the weird, wiry guitar bends of 'No More Honey' and smoky souk slink of 'Dripping' to 'The One I Love', whose waltzing keys collapse into a thrilling thatch of dissonant sci-fi synths, 'Barragán' follows 2010's Scandipop-influenced 'Penny Sparkle' with a darker, experimental sprawl. Nineteen years after beginning their career in a NYC underground scene inspired by '70s no wave bands, on 'Barragán', Blonde Redhead continue to splinter off into an exciting world of their own.

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