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Blondeking is an indie retro-forward band that often takes its Influences from the late 1970s to mid-1980s alternative music. Based primarily in Salt Lake City, UT, Blondeking was formed in 2017.
Blondeking counts bands like Joy Division/New Order, Throbbing Gristle, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Nitzer Ebb as influences which is highlighted in his track "Intimation.
With "Intimation", Blondeking once again delves into sounds that drove the 80’s underground. Blondeking’s front man said, “When thinking about this release and the single “Say it” in particular, I wanted to look back to the era of genre pioneers like WaxTrax records and also to explore how digital sampling was shaping music in particular.”
Alternative dance and industrial music were taking shape in the early to mid-1980s with bands like Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Cabaret Voltaire, and Front 242. They were redefining and expanding the alternative music landscape. “These bands were pushing the boundaries of what synths could do in a different way than more mainstream synths artists were doing. In the early days of all synth bands, many critics called synth music ‘light’ or ‘cheesy’. These bands proved that synths could be anti-establishment and could have a voice that screamed out just as loud as the Sex Pistols.”
Blondeking.. I am so excited for this one! I feel like it sounds pretty darn good on guitar. Obviously the Joe Jackson original is the best but it’s so fun producing an alternate view of the song. I hope you like this one too!!!
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ALBUM - MORTAL CALM
Great news! Along with the new song “Most Painful Thing” Blondeking has released a compilation of recent tracks into an album called “Mortal Calm”. There are 3 new tracks along with singles like “Higher Than The Rain” and “Absolution”.
A deeply affecting album of electronic melancholy, enriched with 80's-esque timbres and tonalities, has been crafted.
Capturing the bittersweetness of rememberance, it captures its listener in a potent concoction of nostalgia and longing.
The euphony is punctuated by unique yet expressive productionchoices, interweaving melodic arpeggios and sombre synth pads to achieve an affect that is as compelling as it is emotiver. its percussive elements are juxtaposed cleverly against each other, whilst subtle shifts in dynamics create lush moments of ambience for the listener to revel in.
An unvarnished journey through memory and emotion, this work of art truly stands apart from the crowd!
BLONDEKING : ''It's a little darkwave with a hint of Giorgio Moroder in a couple of spots. I know it might be weird to release a song so close to my last but I am working toward having a new release each month and so we get to have a fun journey together!
This is a bit darker than “Absolution” and it's about the struggles of coming to grips with the curves life throws us. And even though you might not be where you thought you wanted to be, there is always a chance to wash away that future and pain that scares you and start fresh. Reinvention! ''.
Out now on BANDCAMP and then all the usual streaming sites from the 25th March 2022
In the past, Blondeking has worked with Grammy award-winning Producer, Philip Larsen, one-half of the duo Manhattan Clique, on a remix of the song called “Far Away My Soul”. The remix titled “Far Away My Soul – Philip Larsen Saints and Sinners Remix” showcases the song in a different light with a light “house” vibe and a richer mix.
Following that project, Blondeking asked Philip to help on a cover of New Order’s “Weirdo”. Once again he worked his magic with incredible results.