The release of his latest album Dumb Flesh in May 2015, and an ongoing European tour have kept the electronic maverick Blanck Mass (AKA Benjamin John Power of F*ck Buttons) very busy. The album was solely written, produced and recorded by Benjamin in a number of different locations over the space of a year. As a work of art, Dumb Flesh is a comment on the flaws of the human form in its current evolutionary state.
The follow up is the incredible 33 minute EP The Great Confuso, recorded at the end of the summer 2016. Consisting of the colossal new title track piece, which runs at over 18 minutes, and features guest vocals from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV legend Genesis P. Orridge; two tracks from Dumb Flesh (“Dead Format” and “Detritus”, remixed by Dalhous and Konx-Om-Pax respectively) and Genesis P. Orridge’s remix of another track from the album, the radically re-worked “No Lite”.
It was once suggested that everything we as human beings have ever achieved is merely the culmination of our refusal to acknowledge, or accept our own mortality: a vain, pathetic grasp at immortality via the fatuous notions of legacy, society, family, tradition, art. Whatever. In the greatest traditions of folklore, Blanck Mass summons forth the entity sardonically named The Great Confuso, to embody the taunting cruelty of death, and the unknowable beyond. This is the ambitious and gloriously uncomfortable aural propagation of looming disaster.
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This entire album is filled with one hit after another. If any of them were featured in an 80’s Carpenter be they’d easily be an iconic. It’s hard to pick a favorite track, but I’ll say White Pulse as it reminds me of all the things I love about Carpenter’s main themes for The Fog and Halloween. Angel’s Asylum and Distant Dream are close second, but there isn’t a dull moment in this album. Keep killing it, John Carpenter! lasthavoc