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In Ferneaux

by Blanck Mass

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Julien Vermette
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Julien Vermette exactly the kind of album i've been hoping to hear from mr. power. each moment that is documented throughout feels borne out of such necessity and compassion, it's hard not to get overwhelmed at times (in the best of ways, of course). a cathartic journey in the rough
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catfoodcanopener The music of Blanck Mass has the power to expedite creativity, spark vivid fantasy, captivate listeners to absolute obedience, and move the very earth. Starstuff has been repeated so much, and I am so excited to hear the others
eightninenine
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eightninenine Starstuff has got me super excited for the rest of this album! I've definitely overplayed this track in the last couple of days.
c5
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c5 Quite different from what I was expecting, but now that I've listened to this several times I think it's great. Long, meandering tracks that go many different places.
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Not at all what I was expecting after listening to starstuff. And sadly not in a good way. Then again this one was maybe just not for me. Looking forward for the next release.
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Phase I 21:29
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Phase II 19:33
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What is the utility of pain? Can it do anything but fester? In Ferneaux explores pain in motion, building audio-spatial chambers of experience and memory. Using an archive of field recordings from a decade of global travels, isolation gave Blanck Mass an opportunity to make connections in a moment when being together is impossible. The record is divided into two long-form journeys that gather the memories of being with now-distant others through the composition of a nostalgic travelogue. The journeys are haunted with the vestiges of voices, places, and sensations. These scenes alternate with the building up and releasing of great aural tension, intensities that emerge from the trauma of a personal grieving process which has perhaps embraced its rage moment.

An encounter with a prophetic figure on the streets of San Francisco presented the question of “how to handle the misery on the way to the blessing.” This is the quandary of the impasse we now all find ourselves in, trapped in our little caves, grappling with the unease of the self at rest – without movement, without the consumerist agenda of “new experiences.” The possibility of growth, always defined by our connections with others, held in limbo. Sartre said that “Hell is other people,” but perhaps this is the Inferno of the present: the space of sitting with the self.

A blessing is often thought of as a future reward, above and beyond the material plane. With In Ferneaux, Blanck Mass wrangles the immanent materials of the here-and-now to build a sense of transcendence. Here, the uncanny angelic hymn sits comfortably beside the dirge. The misery and blessing are one.

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released February 26, 2021

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