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She borrowed her mum’s Mini Clubman and picked our gear up, dressed to the nines in this beautiful 1950s dress and high heels. Some Times These’ also retains a fuzzy kerrang element although the chorus keyboard theme has an immersive Eno-esque air that echoes his work on “Heroes”. Originally a duo comprising of Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe, the pair released a further two albums ‘Mange Tout’ and ‘Believe You Me’ before going on a lengthy hiatus.

But then I move on in the song, and I say ‘You should grab hold of everything…’ You know, do you need to carry your shitty baggage around with you? The bittersweet story of Blancmange is like the plot of some great, unmade Richard Curtis synthpop film.

All the sounds and feels you'd want if you love Stephen's previous bands, but with some new twists and ideas keeping it fresh.

Are these his childhood memories of the death of Donald Campbell, killed in a 1967 attempt to break the Water Speed Record? Continuing FADER partner Benge as producer who worked on the recent BLANCMANGE albums ‘Unfurnished Rooms’, ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Mindset’ and ‘Commercial Break’, ‘Private View’ presents a striking opener in ‘What’s Your Name’; not a cover of the 1981 DEPECHE MODE tune, despite a sparse vibey start, it strums and crashes into action while Arthur uses a manipulated voice treatment to give a sense of other worldly alienation away from the indie rock track that this could easily be. This neat full circle of Blancmange re-signing to the same label that ignited things all those years ago is also reflected in the album itself, being the perfect crystallisation of four decades of creativity. With the backing of London, what an opportunity for people to say – hopefully – that this album is still relevant.Since reforming just over a decade ago, Neil Arthur has used Blancmange to experiment with sounds and express new found soundscapes across a further ten records. David Rhodes and Dinesh were in hysterics, and Stephen had his back to me in his sari… I thought ‘Oh God, he’s really pissed off with me’. When not immersed in music, Aaron enjoys spending time with the loves of his life -- his wife Andrea, and daughters Emily and Linda (all of whom have an intense love of music too). Originally from the UK’s post punk DIY scene, Blancmange found success in 1982, long player Happy Families selling Gold in the UK, and its 3 singles becoming international hits. Opening with a delicate piano motif before intertwining layers build to a motorik beat with Neil’s understated vocal, its quintessentially Blancmange and a fitting closer to an album that looks to the future while remaining respectful of the past.

It’s a sweaty, sticky afternoon on London’s South Bank, and we’re sitting outside a cafe round the back of the Royal Festival Hall. A couple of weeks prior to our meeting, Neil had tweeted a picture of himself wearing the Indian-style linen tunic he’d first sported 38 years earlier, in the video for ‘The Day Before You Came’ – an Abba cover flavoured with the santoor and tabla of regular collaborators Deepak Khazanchi and Pandit Dinesh. sees our hero lost and forlorn while ‘Everything Is Connected’ offers a strange kind of eerie indie electro-funk but while not a reprise of ‘Feel Me’, it is as the title suggests, part of the lineage. And the explanation offers a further fascinating insight into the “Everything Is Connected” school of Neil Arthur lyric-writing. She was climbing up the PA, changing costumes, balancing along a bar between the audience and the orchestra pit in high heels and this fantastic blue suit.I was thinking about the difficulties everyone is going through, and about the people that aren’t here any more. Private View will be released on London Records almost exactly 40 years to the day since the label released Blancmange’s debut album Happy Families.

All image and audio content is used by permission of the copyright holders or their agents, and/or according to fair dealing as per the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The de facto “other half” of 21st century Blancmange, and also Neil’s musical partner in Fader, the duo’s experimental side project. while John Grant continues to profess his love for Arthur’s music, old and new, and has invited Blancmange to perform as part of Grace Jones’ Meltdown festival.Nobody goes through a very close relationship with a partner without making some mistakes, and it’s a case of… how many times will that person put up with it? I thought was a mate having a laugh, some bloke saying ‘Grace Jones wants you to support her next week.

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