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Free Music Monday: Blanche Blanche Blanche "Scam"

By January 15, 2013

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Artist: Blanche Blanche Blanche
Track: "Scam"
From: "Scam" 7-inch
Label: Adagio 830

Blanche Blanche Blanche spent 2012 turning out underground records at a furious rate; turning out four albums in a furious run of productivity. The duo —who're based in the lonesome rock'n'roll outpost of Brattleboro, Vermont— are ultra-lo-fidelity and make music that is, often, just as rudimentary. But their best songs use that simplicity to their advantage; the repetition creating hypnotic studies in control, or songs so incessantly catchy they seem like jingles.

"Scam," the A-side from a new 7-inch, achieves states of both. At first, it sounds almost too claggy to make much of anything out; but Blanche Blanche Blanche's adventures in fuzzed-out fidelity reveal themselves, on careful listening, to be fantastic pieces of production. The multi-tracked voices of Sarah Smith and Zach Phillips ricochet between each speaker, the guitar sounds both buried underneath the smog and breaking through it in shafts of light, and there's a fascinating sense of sonic 'space' amidst all the whooshing noise. And, then, amidst such, they repeat "How good does it feel?" roughly ten thousand times, until that worm is aburrowin' in yr ear...

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