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Blueneck Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (10 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Denovali
  • ASIN: B005JCPHQG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pneumothorax
2. Sawbones
3. Venger
4. Sleeping Through A Storm
5. Una Salus Victus
6. Ellipsis
7. Barriers Down
8. The Last Refuge
9. Lopussa

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Indie/ Ambient. Vinyl: thick sleeves + thick printed inner sleeves; 2 different colors 180g vinyl. cd: digipak. listening: www.denovali.com/blueneck. In September 2011 Blueneck release Repetitions, their third album, on Denovali Records. The new LP is the follow-up to 2010 s The Fallen Host ( Stunning Rocksound, Fantastic... an intoxicating, all-consuming experience Classic Rock: Prog, ""Over time, I expect that this album will continue to be appealing, while many more glamorous and overhyped albums will disappear."" - The Silent Ballet) and 2006 s debut Scars of the Midwest. Though steeped in the trademark melancholy power of their former works, Repetitions resonates with new heights of emotional drama. From the butcher s knife-edge tension of strident opener Pneumothorax , past the cocooned confessional Barriers Down , to the cathartic windswept Americana of The Last Refuge , Repetitions makes a deliberate lunge for the emotional jugular. It s without doubt that this red-blooded output results from Repetitions unusual recording process. Whereas the first two albums were constructed in Blueneck s reclusive studio deep in the farmlands of Somerset, this time the band made the deliberate decision to head to the city. Working with producer Mat Sampson in his Bink Bonk basement studios in Bristol, a recording session started that would eventually span an 18 month period, ending in June 2011. It wasn t just the surroundings that needed to change. Contrary to their previous approach, this time Sampson encouraged Blueneck to minimise digital trickery. The band deliberately embraced analogue tools, acoustic instruments and live performances. Much of Repetitions is recorded live as a band using vintage amplifiers, pedals and microphones, a vast array of ancient analogue synths and organs, not to mention the addition of authentic live upright piano, violin and cello. Blueneck will follow the release of Repetitions with an extensive European tour throughout October and November 2011.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album 23 Oct 2011
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On 'Fallen Host', Blueneck seemed to be edging toward a noisier, more aggressive sound. Songs like 'Seven' and 'Low' featured loud, distorted guitars and drums, and even quieter tracks like 'Lilitu' showed the band experimenting with a restrained electronics.

The tentative experimenting of the previous album is absent on 'Repetitions', however, which counts as their most organic, peaceful album. Mostly piano-led, guitars play a supporting roll, trilling in the background as on the gorgeous ballad, 'Barriers Down', or making plaintive melodies as in 'Venger'.

The real star of the album, however, is vocalist Duncan Atwood. He contributes some stunning, understanded melodies and for the first time in three albums, his voice is consistently high in the mix. With a halting, confessional tone, Atwood supplements the warm, claustrophobic atmosphere of stand-out track 'Sawbones' perfectly. Patiently, the tension of the track builds and finally breaks into a satisfying, loud conclusion.

In fact, almost all the songs feature some kind of build and release structure, but Blueneck manage this structure so well that it rarely seems forced. 'Sawbones', for instance, introduces perfect strings during the songs crescendo, as does 'Ellipsis'. But there's never any sense that the strings are being glued-on.

In conclusion, the album is an outright success. Bringing Atwood's vocals to the fore and including a wider degree of instrumentation has produced an album that is far more cohesive than 'Fallen Host'. Obviously, Blueneck deserve more exposure, but it almost seems appropriate, given the introspection and rural feel of their music, that they should go widely unnoticed. Occupying a middle ground somewhere between Elbow and Sigur Ros, they capture the feel of the British countryside and its effects on the soul. Hopefully one day someone will give them the credit they deserve, as this is exceptional music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review 1 July 2012
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Here's another example of my failure to keep up with great music and update you with timely reviews. Blueneck is one of those groups that I have been following for almost six years now! In fact, somehow I managed to review their debut album, Scars of the Midwest, back when it came out in 2006. And although in 2009, Blueneck's The Fallen Host made it onto Headphone Commmute's Best of the Year list, Music For Walking And Not Crying In The Autumn Rain, and then, subsequently, Repetitions [the album of this review] was featured once again in our Best of the 2011 list, I still failed to find the time to give it a proper detailed review! Oh well, that is just one side effect of being overwhelmed with too much music - an ailment I can hardly complain about! Alas the cure is nowhere to be found! All I can do is temporarily relieve it with this long overdue review.

Hailing from North Somerset (UK), this post-rock band, consisting of Duncan Attwood, Ben Paget, Johnny Horswell, Ben Green, and [later added] Michael Maidment, was signed to UK's Don't Touch label for their initial release. The sophomore album got co-published by Denovali and Perfect Storm, and now this, their third full length release, Repetitions, is making its waves through the ocean of music, this time with the help of Denovali alone. Describing the sound of Blueneck is difficult. Take everything you love by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, mix it with the falsetto voice of Radiohead`s Thom Yorke, add the apocalyptic crescendos of MONO and the erupting dynamics of Explosions In The Sky, and you may have an idea of the sound. Yet, somehow, Blueneck is much more than a concoction of elements picked from the above mentioned bands. And somehow, Repetitions, is much more than a heartbroken story of a fateful protagonist - check out the melancholic opening lyrics with Attwood singing "you will burn alone..."

The dynamics on Repetitions are restrictive and controlled, slowly rising from beginning of each track, building to expansive proportions, erupting into the sparkling confetti, and finally settling down back on the ground. For the production of this album (18 months in the making), the group reduced their usage of digital effects - the analog processing of sound is clearly audible on the record. The incorporation of acoustic instrumentation is more present than ever - the beloved de-tuned upright piano is more prominent, and so is Attwood's voice. It seems that songwriting (although still minimal) is at the center of the album, incorporating desolate lyrics into almost every single track. "Though steeped in the trademark melancholy power of their former works, Repetitions resonates with new heights of emotional drama."

As of this writing, the group is already in the process of recording the followup to Repetitions. Having recently finished off a few concerts in UK, Blueneck is preparing for a European tour during this fall, finishing off at Denovali's Swingfest 2012, where they will be performing alongside their labelmates, The Pirate Ship Quintet, thisquietarmy, and Saffronkeira! Damn, I must really try and make it to this three-day festival! And so should you! Meanwhile, you can pick up Repetitions along with Blueneck's previous releases directly from Denovali store, where it is available on MP3, CD, and of course, vinyl. Highly recommended. Been heavily on rotation during rainy days...
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