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Blueneck ‘Lilitu’

January 28, 2010 by  

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Blueneck ‘Lilitu’

Watch Blueneck’s video ‘Lilitu’ now exclusively on Myspace. For fans of Sigur Ros, Gybe, Explosions In The Sky.


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“People who like to lose themselves in the place within will like our music,” says Blueneck singer Duncan Attwood, summing up the profound, epic nature of the band’s work in a single sentence.

You see, Bristol-based Blueneck write the soundtrack to the greatest movie you’ve never seen. Ten years into their career, Attwood and his band have evolved a style of music that has been labelled ‘post-rock’ by some observers but which offers much more than that simple definition. With the band’s new album, The Fallen Host, Blueneck take the listener deep into an inner zone of immense beauty and power. The album’s first single Lilitu is the perfect gateway drug to the Blueneck experience, enticing anyone with an ear for melody inward with its mesmeric pulse and sweeping strings. Described by Attwood as “one of the more immediate tracks on the album”, the song pulls the listener inside a world constructed of fragile emotion and haunting rhythms. The band recorded with producer/musical visionary Corin Dingley (half of trip-hop duo Alpha) and will self-release with an EMI manufacturing/distribution backbone.

Unbelievably, this widescreen music comes from just four musicians: you’d expect a full orchestra and a platoon of session players to be behind sounds of such captivating richness. Attwood (vocals, guitar, piano), Ben Green (guitar), Ben Paget (bass) and Johnny Horsewell (drums) first formed the band in 2000, jamming together and discovering a mutual love of uncategorisable bands such as Mogwai, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Sigur Rós, Radiohead (particularly the Kid A and Amnesiac era), Cult Of Luna, and Björk – although Attwood also cites indirect influences such as Arcade Fire, Pavement, Wilco, and Smashing Pumpkins. This led to a powerful and completely unique style which has made Blueneck an essential sonic experience, whether live or recorded.

“I’d known the two Bens for years, so we asked Johnny along to jam and in time, the jams evolved into songs,” recalls Attwood. “The sound eventually evolved, and we discovered newfound influences which steered the band in a particular direction. Over the years we’ve used additional musicians both in the studio and live, and that won’t be any different this time around as we’ve added a cellist to the studio line-up – who will also appear at some of the gigs – and an additional guitarist for live shows.”

The Fallen Host builds on the heightened profile which Blueneck achieved with their much-praised 2006 debut album, Scars Of The Midwest. Where that album introduced the band’s ethereal style to a burgeoning UK and international fanbase, the new release adds more depth and colour to Blueneck’s already-huge sound and is sure to establish them still further. The compelling sounds of Scars Of The Midwest caught the ear of Johannes Persson (Cult of Luna, Khoma) so much so he went on to use Blueneck’s music in short films his production company was part of.

“Our music can be pretty intense at times, particularly if the listener is in an emotional place at the time,” says Attwood. “People who like to turn the lights off and listen intently to an album are going to enjoy The Fallen Host.”



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