Blanck Mass — Animated Violence Mild (16 Aug., 2019)Flag of Scotland   Blanck Mass — Animated Violence Mild (16 Aug., 2019) Pamela MÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃéndez ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃâ Time (22 Feb 2019)•⊆⊇•    Blanck Mass returns with a barrelling, vibrant masterwork. “In this post~industrial, post~enlightenment religion of ourselves, we have manifested a serpent of consumerism which now coils back upon us. It seduces us with our own bait as we betray the better instincts of our nature and the future of our own world. We throw ourselves out of our own garden. We poison ourselves to the edges of an endless sleep.
•⊆⊇•     Animated Violence Mild was written throughout 2018, at Blanck Mass’ studio outside of Edinburgh. These eight tracks are the diary of a year of work steeped in honing craft, self~discovery, and grief — the latter of which reared its head at the final hurdle of producing this record and created a whole separate narrative: grief, both for what I have lost personally, but also in a global sense, for what we as a species have lost and handed over to our blood~sucking counterpart, consumerism, only to be ravaged by it.
•⊆⊇•     I believe that many of us have willfully allowed our survival instinct to become engulfed by the snake we birthed. Animated — brought to life by humankind. Violent — insurmountable and wild beyond our control. Mild — delicious.
•⊆⊇•     This is perhaps the most concise body of work I have written to date. Having worked extensively throughout my musical life with dramatics, narrative, and ‘melody against all odds’, these tracks are the most direct and honest yet. The level of articulation in these tracks surpasses anything I have utilized before.” — Benjamin John Power
Location: Edinburgh, UK
Album release: 16 Aug., 2019
Record Label: Sacred Bones
Duration:     43:11
1. Intro   0:36
2. Death Drop   7:19
3. House Vs. House   7:42
4. Hush Money   5:33
5. Love Is a Parasite   6:16
6. Creature/West Fuqua   3:44
7. No Dice   6:07
8. Wings of Hate   5:54
Album Review by Joe Creely | 09 Aug 2019 | Score: ★★★★★
•⊆⊇•     On World Eater, Benjamin John Power uncovered within himself a remarkable ability for creating music that held within it both the chaotic enormity of the planet’s ongoing problems and the intimate raw feeling of those affected by them. In this follow~up, he’s moved in a more specifically political direction, examining humanities relationship with consumerism, losing none of this gift; honing in on his most hyperactive tendencies and streamlining them into a superb, breakneck wonder of a record.
•⊆⊇•     The density of soundscape that has typified Power’s work up until this point remains, but every aspect has been ratcheted up in intensity. On Death Drop and Hush Money, every layer tries to elbow the others aside, lending an emphatic energy, like an Andy Capp whirl of limbs played out at titanic scale. Even the short (in comparison) Creature/West Fuqua leads with a grinding metallic drone before giving way to gorgeous harps and plaintive vocal samples. Lead single House vs. House captures this intensity perfectly. Built on popping sampled snippets and enormous snares it features some of Power’s most beautiful vocal manipulations to date, and with a trance riff retooled to bulldozing effect it manages to feel simultaneously furious, wounded and cautiously hopeful without ever feeling anything less than totally committed to itself.
•⊆⊇•     There is a definite move towards a more synthetic sound in attempting to articulate these themes of consumerist idealism, but it avoids the affected self~congratulation that permeates so much vaporwave and it never feels at the expense of real emotion. The synth strings motif on No Dice veers oddly close to the Who Wants to be a Millionaire theme tune but surrounded as it is by snapping percussion and haunting vocals it takes on an abrasively momentous quality. From its first moments Wings of Hate is swamped with emotive melodies but Power miraculously keeps finding space to build into where there seemed to be none. It becomes almost punishingly compact with sound whilst never mulching into one texture, a testament to his writing as well as his production.
•⊆⊇•     It may well be Power’s finest solo record, a continuation of the last decade~and~a~half of pushing himself into new sonic realms. It’s an astonishing work; actively abrasive and incandescent with fury with a core of unaffected raw feeling.
•⊆⊇•     Listen to: House vs. House, Death Drop, Wings of Hate  •⊆⊇•