blanket unveil video for alternative version of Beacons featuring Slow Crush vocalist Isa Holliday
|Blackpool’s atmospheric rock band blanket have released a video for their alternative version of Beacons. Mixed by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Myrkur), the track scales new heights with the addition of vocals from Slow Crush’s Isa Holliday. |
“Isa from our friends in Slow Crush recorded vocals for this new version of Beacons from a studio in Belgium. To emphasise the theme of isolation on the track, we liked the idea of shooting the video of her alone on a telephone to represent the distance and segregation involved in the recording process. We overlaid this footage with a time-lapse of wax sculpted hands placed on a turntable and slowly melted with heat and then reversed this footage to mirror the aura of the track, and how it morphs from the starting point of negativity and isolation to a euphoric and realised end-point.”
– Matt Sheldon, blanket bassist
“Isolation was a definite theme in the recording process. One I may have taken a little too literally, secluding myself to record both the vocals and video completely alone and unassisted. The choice of phone for the video was very specific. We wanted an old school vibe, so the search was on to find a cord phone, reminiscent of a time before the world was connected infinitely by the internet and social media. A time when the isolation of living offline, not being able to be reached unless willingly, was still possible and in fact, the norm”
– Isa Holliday, Slow Crush
|blanket – Beacons (ft. Isa Holliday)|
|The original track features on last year’s stunning debut album How To Let Go, released on Music For Nations. It’s a blissful 55-minute exploration of imagination, wonder and the human spirit, designed to uplift, enchant and provide a beautiforous escape from an often harsh and confounding reality. Receiving plaudits from the likes of Kerrang! and Prog Magazine, the record cemented blanket as a breath of fresh air in the UK’s burgeoning alternative music scene. Buy/stream How To Let Go here.|
blanket have been making waves on the live scene, touring with Zeal & Ardor, as well as performing a hypnotic, otherworldly set at the prestigious ArcTanGent Festival. They will return to the road later this month to support prog metallers Cellar Darling. Bassist Matt comments, “Going out on tour with a band like Cellar Darling is really exciting for us, we like to think of ourselves as a band that cross multiple genres, and want to get ourselves out to as many different scenes as possible, in front of people who might not have heard of us before”. Dates for the run are:
21st Mar – Studio, Sheffield
22nd Mar – Hammerfest, North Wales
23rd Mar – The Globe, Cardiff
24th Mar – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
26th Mar – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
27th Mar – The Welly 2, Hull
28th Mar – Audio, Glasgow
29th Mar – On The Rox, Dublin
30th Mar – Academy 3, Manchester
31st Mar – Jazz Cafe, London
Tickets are on sale now: www.blanketofficial.com
As the name suggests, blanket envelop the listener in a comforting quilt of sound, transporting them to dreamy landscapes of sweeping, celestial beauty with a kaleidoscopic symphony of soaring guitars, tinkling piano, warm bass and propulsive drums. In essence, it’s ambient music on an epic scale.
Initial ideas and early demos for blanket came together at the beginning of 2016, as guitarists Bobby Pook and Simon Morgan would routinely retire to the conservatory of their rented home in Blackpool to noodle on guitars, tinkle ivories and write intertwining melodies, all whilst gazing wistfully skywards at the stars above them. It was perhaps such a sublime view that infused the music they created within that glass retreat with such elegance, purity and grace. Pook and Morgan fleshed out their ideas even further with the addition of Matthew Sheldon and Steven Pellatt in the summer of 2016; blanket became a fully-fledged proposition.
A brilliantly ambitious and creative force, blanket will announce further news very soon.