Neil Blank’s first single ‘Where Hope Lies’ explores the personal and political moment, combining the acid guitar pop of his hometown Manchester with vocal lines influenced by baroque choral music.
Said Neil: “The song is about the idea of hope in the digital newsfeed, in US politics and in zen meditation. It was written, recorded and produced in his home studio overlooking the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco.”
Growing up in Manchester Neil Blank was always surrounded by the local musical myths – Johnny Marr lived next door to his school; he performed with Stone Roses drummer Reni in his late teens and shortly afterwards worked as a designer for Tony Wilson who gave him a pen from a Warhol retrospective at the Tate down south.
Blank’s new genre-spanning project – which was written, recorded and produced in his home studio overlooking the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco – merges the post-industrial acid guitar music of his hometown with post-everything electronica and melodic gauzy ambience.
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More from my set last week. I shot the footage out of the window of a plane coming into land over a frozen Lake Michigan and it seemed to fit with the glacial pace and weight of the track. I was listening to the amazing ‘Double Negative’ by @lowtheband on repeat last year and this piece was influenced by their sense of space and atmosphere.