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Dean Blunt / Black Metal
Album:Black Metal Collection:General
Artist:Dean Blunt Added:Nov 2014
Label:Rough Trade 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-11-14 Pull Date:2015-01-16 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Jan 18Jan 11Dec 14Dec 7Nov 30Nov 23Nov 16

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6.Jan 18, 2015:cease and desist

Album Review
DJ Muscat
Reviewed 2014-11-14 
Genre: black metal(?), ???, outsider art, post-internet

Former Inga Copeland collaborator finds himself on a hot streak. Earning some critical acclaim with 2013’s The Redeemer (factmag’s #1 aoty…), Blunt then continued his run of bricolage breakup record with a mysterious Russian release called Stone Island and a new mixtape this year. Political, dreamy, menacing, and often beautiful, Black Metal is the culmination of Blunt's bizarre musical world. A new favorite for insomniacs everywhere. Male vocals throughout with help from folk-chanteuse Joanne Robertson on many tracks.

Others: Dirty Beaches, James Ferraro, Hype Williams

FCCs: 2, 4, 8, 11. Favorites: 1, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13

1. (1:58) *** indie folk guitar and canned drums but then gorgeous string samples that swirl around Blunt’s vocals…awesome opener wow
2. (2:36) FCC ("n***a") bluesy guitar + drum machine action. Features the dreamy vocals of Joanne Robertson. Shame about the FCC.
3. (2:31) Acoustic guitar and dry vocals from Blunt. Lonely, mournful song.
4. (3:21) (FCC brief "bullshit”) OH WOW. This is top-notch beautiful outsider art right here. Duet between Blunt and Robertson. I want to live in this song.
5. (1:59) ** Cascading strings, echo-y drums, odd piano…blunt singing through the fog.
6. (4:06) *** Ghost-folk. Most sentimental, emotionally direct track on the album. Robertson + Blunt duet again.
7. (13:00) * Abstract…smoky wayward vocals from Robertson…piano piano piano…saxophone…sure to be a staple of late night radio
8. (8:54) FCC (“f*ck”) Ambient hum, some guitar noodling. Then dubby drum machine and vocals come ~3 minutes in. Sonic partner to previous track.
9. (2:35) ** Nice little bass-line and r&b drums.
10. (2:11) Instrumental. Noisy, disorienting. Little Mac blips of Blunt turning down the volume…who needs the fourth wall anyway?
11. (1:16) FCC ("n***a”) I really like this one…too bad about the FCC. Nice little start/stop dynamic. Too short.
12. (3:26) ** Drum machine intro. Queasy bass. Low mumbled vocals from Blunt. Cool synth work.
13. (4:45) ** Same as the last track on Skin Fade mixtape. Skronky saxophone. Cluttered drum beat. Dean Blunt vs. Evil

Track Listing
1.Lush 7.Forever
2.50 Cent 8.X
3.Blow 9.Punk
4.100 10.Country
5.Heavy 11.Hush
6.Molly & Aquafina 12.Mersh