Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records | The Japan Times
Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records
Formed in by Japanese singer Kazu Makino and Italian twins Simone and Amedeo Pace, and forged in the noisy underbelly of the New York alternative scene, Blonde Redhead has charted a path that has taken it from screeching underground noise rock to fragile, glacial, minimalist melody without ever losing the essential rawness at the heart of its sound. The result promises to be an album in which the band explores new levels of minimalism, with some songs boiled down to skeletal structures featuring just one or two instruments. The increasing availability of digital recording equipment has allowed Pace to retreat into his shyness, and he records his vocals alone at home. As a result, the band will likely not feel the jet lag that has plagued previous tours, which has even gotten to the point where all three members could sometimes be found passed out in the dressing room before shows.
B londe Redhead's last album - Misery Is A Butterfly - established them once and for all as one of the most distinctive and precious bands of their generation. It was a confident, thrilling and delicately-nuanced sweep of sound which enraptured the already-converted and won the band a whole new legion of fans. And although it marked a modulation away from the bittersweet starkness of previous releases, it was by far the most commercially successful release of the band's career, continuing a steady upward trajectory, which started well over a decade ago. In , Blonde Redhead return with something even more spellbinding - The new album is as rich and densely layered as the last one, but Misery's overall mood of wistfulness, melancholy and regret, has been replaced by one of mystical wonder and renewed energy.