Dean Blunt - Black Metal
In their review of Dean Blunt‰۪s ‰Û÷The Redeemer‰۪ - which they later named their Top Album Of 2013 - FACT called Blunt ‰ÛÏthe premier art prankster of our time,‰ while acknowledging his earnestness; Tiny Mix Tapes, who would give the album the #2 spot in their Best Of The Year rankings, praised the work for its liberating ‰ÛÏshort-circuiting of the boundaries of taste and instilled critical response,‰ while speaking of the album‰۪s near-paradoxical emotional depth.
Blunt‰۪s newest odyssey, ‰Û÷Black Metal‰۪, rides this tension between critical detachment and mainlined human feeling and in fact he climbs ever-steeper theoretical heights just as his emotionally stark songs become, at times, startlingly intimate.
A true multi-media vanguard, Blunt employs original instrumentation along with elements of pastiche and his unique vocal performances to create songs and recordings that are not only beautiful but also tie into his larger project that incorporates music, visual art and the written word to play with identity, cultural signifiers and artistic agency.
‰Û÷Black Metal‰۪ is, above all, a majestic collection of songs encompassing everything from hypnotic longform experiments to ballads almost disarming in their sweet simplicity, swirling equally with fascinating sounds and fascinating ideas. Blunt‰۪s influences are wide-ranging, from rock‰۪s underground pioneers (he quotes Sonic Youth in interviews; the album leads with a Big Star sample), to neoclassical composers, to early indie pop (another track samples The Pastels), to classic rock, hip hop and R&B. However, rather than coldly compiling them, Blunt brings the works and genres he draws from into a new musical and cultural conversation.
In the cover story to September‰۪s issue of The Wire, Blunt explains his relationship with his listeners: ‰ÛÏWhatever is communicated through the purity of intention is out of my hands... because I didn‰۪t know anything beyond that.‰ With his newest, most accomplished, and most vexing album, Blunt invites us to draw our own conclusions in his expansive and fascinating world.
Dean Blunt is one half of the duo Hype Williams with Inga Copeland. Dean played at the Hyperdub 10 Party in September.
Deluxe all-black packaging for both formats. Heavyweight double vinyl comes in a PVC sleeve.