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The alter ego of Benjamin John Power, Blanck Mass is an electronic music project. Blanck Mass has variously been described as a leading light in the field of drone music and as a post-rock experimental band. Anyone familiar with Power's previous band will feel at home with the style of Blanck Mass, which is hypnotic, sometimes melodic and full of repeated sounds, often recorded in tone clusters.
Blanck Mass' early career
Power had been making music with his band mate Andrew Hung since 2004. During 2011, Power began to make his own music separately from Hung, although the pair still collaborate. To distinguish his solo efforts from his band, Power chose the name Blanck Mass and soon ended up producing an album's worth of material. This became his self-titled LP, which came out on Rock Action Records, the label run by the Scottish rock band, Mogwai, in 2011. A track from this album, called “Sundowner”, was chosen by the organisers of the Olympic Games in London for the opening ceremony. A cover version of it was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra during the raising of the Union Flag.
As a result of reaching a global audience for the first time, albeit not in person, Blanck Mass went on to undertake a tour throughout the UK in 2013. This saw a string of dates in all corners of the country, opening shows for the Icelandic outfit Sager Roes. Around this time, Blanck Mass also performed at the Royal Festival Hall for the first time, supporting Jon Hopkins.
Blanck Mass' later work and critical acclaim
In 2015, Blanck Mass' second album was released. Dumb Flesh was well received in the music press. For example, Drowned in Sound called it both “beautiful” and “danceable”, while the New York Times praised the familiarity, even commercial nature, of its melodies – something rare for drone music. After The Great Confuso EP of 2015, Blanck Mass set to work on a new studio album. This did not come out until 2017. Released on CD and via digital download, the resulting work was called World Eater. There was also a limited run of pressings of this album on black and red marble vinyl. The Guardian responded to the album by describing tracks such as “Rhesus Negative” as “thrilling”. Like many serious reviews of the work, Blanck Mass' LP was considered to be a brutal record, adhering to the tenets of drone music, but with plenty of humanity in it.
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