Stream Dean Blunt's The Redeemer

Stream Dean Blunt's The Redeemer

Dean Blunt's made quite a name for himself from smokebombs, perpetually baiting a certain mystery with his body of work-- whether as himself, joined by Inga Copeland, or Hype Williams-- that toes the the threshold of some secret door: behind it, is either the answer that's been a phantom at tongue's tip, or the disappointing realization that, all along, there wasn't even anything behind the door. Though that metaphorical wink can light conversational fires (an idea label Hippos in Tanks uses more cleverly than most), the uncomfortable notion that you're just being fucked with has always made Blunt's music a tricky thing to commit to in a directly emotional way.

However, new record The Redeemer suceeds writing out those pretenses, fileting the more potent aspects of the enigmatic imagery--  the struggling  inner mantra of the vocals, the insulating voyeurism of the ignored voicemails, a brazen sort of amateurish playing ringing out as if in a recital hall to a hushed congregation, the ample negative space overshadowed by how big these small bits can act. Blunt's knack fo presentation is heavily documented already, however, and what really stands out with Redeemer is the songwriting, the highlights of which (the title track and "Papi") effectively mix brashly sparse instrumentation with more communicative, less insular song structures, turning crazy people music into crazy people pop.

You can stream the whole record on Pitchfork Advance, available now on Hippos in Tanks.

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