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Cinematic Quality: Blanck Mass' Favourite Albums
James Benge , May 12th, 2015 13:12

He's just released his second solo album, Dumb Flesh, and is set to play tQ's stage at The Great Escape on Friday. Before that, the Fuck Buttons man gives James Benge the rundown of his top 13 records

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William Basinski - Melancholia
I find titling an album quite interesting. Within my own work I find I’m striving for a double standard, looking for an aesthetic in the music but not trying to push it onto the listener so that they can make their own mind up about the relationship they’re going to have with this music. But then that’s my agenda, it might be a load of old bollocks.

Melancholia is obviously quite similar to The Disintegration Loops in its execution; I guess the latter is probably the record that somebody would sooner put on this list. But for me Melancholia ticks the right boxes in its sentiment - I’d say that the music fits the title perfectly.

It’s very sad, but I like listening to sad music. It’s the age-old case that listening to that music doesn’t necessarily mean that you are about to do something dramatic. It’s often good the other way, it’s a very human feeling and sometimes it’s better to form a relationship with it and deconstruct it than have it completely consume you.


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