Back in 2012, the New York-based electronic/electro pop act House of Blondes’ fantastic Clean Cuts landed at number 5 on this site’s Best of List that year, thanks to a sound that reminded me quite a bit of Kraftwerk and Brian Eno, as it at times possessed a stark minimalism, but just underneath the surface, a dreamy atmospheric feel that pulled the material towards the listener.  After playing an increasing number of shows over the last few years, including two shows with the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Psychic TV at the now-defunct Brooklyn Night Bazaar, the band will be releasing a new effort slated for release this summer. 

“Black Buick,” the first single from the effort is an entirely instrumental track consisting of layers of gently undulating synths that slowly build up a sense of momentum before gently fading away at the song’s conclusion. Interestingly, the song subtly nods at dub as the song begins with a everything being fed through reverb with the pitch and attack before the song turns into an entirely ambient Brian Eno-like composition. 

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