Blanche Blanche Blanche “Our Place” LP
Edition of 400
No effects, EQ or noise reduction were used in the making of this album, the fifth by this fantastic Brattleboro duo (make sure you grab their first 7″ single, also out on Feeding Tube). Sarah Smith and Zach Phillips (AKA Bruce Hart, Jordan Piper Philips, Nals Goring, etc.) assemble mostly keyboard-oriented skeletal pop gems from the softest imaginable bones. Sarah Smith sings like a torchier version of the Young Marble Giants’ Allison Stratton singing lost fragments from the Randy Newman Songbook. Smith’s guitar playing seems effortless but planned out with a true heart. It’s an incredible combination that always pulls itself back from the brink of potential cutesy-pieness with genuinely unexpected moves and a fully brilliant manner of constructing songs. A surrealist cocktail masterpiece from the upper reaches of the Connecticut River Valley. If you crave more after these two Feeding Tube long players, BBB’s album Wink With Both Eyes is available from Night People and another will be out soon from La Station Radar; for cassettes visit BBB’s self-release label OSR Tapes.