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Artist
Dean Blunt
ReleaseProduct
BLACK METAL 2
Label
Rough Trade
Catalogue Number
RT0253DA
Release Date
June 11, 2021

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Few artists in the contemporary sphere can not only surprise-drop a follow-up to their most celebrated album out of nowhere, but have it met with a universal notion of intrigue across all facets of musical factions. Such unpredictability is just one small part of Dean Blunt’s enduring appeal.

Black Metal 2, with its cover a tongue-in-cheek take on Dr Dre’s 2001, follows on from 2014’s Black Metal in both sonics and approach. Like the first edition, Blunt’s tracks often contrast casual lyrical themes and a low-slung Hackney charm with sincere and grandiose musical backdrops.

The mix of lofi americana in the softly warbled guitars and dusty drums with Blunt’s casual British wordplay gives the album a sense of placelessness. It’s full of emotional peaks - tracks like the opener ‘Vigil’ are built around emotive symphonic staccatos and golden vocals, and the soaring ‘Sketamine’ sounds like Grouper scoring the end credits to a beautiful imaginary film. There’s smoky meanderings in the gently warping ‘ZaZa’, the country-leaning chug ‘La Raza’ and picturesque acoustic scenery on the lush instrumental track ‘Woosah’.

As a whole, Black Metal 2 is a collection of fresh reimaginings of modern and legacy pop culture by a shapeshifting, generational British talent.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 VIGIL 2:30 Buy
  2. 2 MUGU 1:39 Buy
  3. 3 DASH SNOW 2:00 Buy
  4. 4 SKETAMINE 2:32 Buy
  5. 5 SEMTEX 1:27 Buy
  6. 6 LA RAZA 1:44 Buy
  7. 7 NIL BY MOUTH 2:40 Buy
  8. 8 ZaZa 2:06 Buy
  9. 9 WOOSAH 3:02 Buy
  10. 10 the rot 3:43 Buy

Track List

  1. VIGIL
  2. MUGU
  3. DASH SNOW
  4. SKETAMINE
  5. SEMTEX
  6. LA RAZA
  7. NIL BY MOUTH
  8. ZaZa
  9. WOOSAH
  10. the rot

Dean Blunt

Rough Trade

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Alternative / Indie / Post-rock

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