John Carpenter's album "Lost Themes" dropped a couple of months ago and it delivered a smattering of fine synth tracks from the horror master as expected. But it also featured a handful of incredible remixes from such Sacred Bones Records artists as Zola Jesus and ohGr.
My favorite remix on that album came from Blanck Mass, a solo project by founding F*** Buttons member Benjamin John Power. His take on Carpenter's "Fallen" was a driving, electro-industrial pursuit that brought to mind not only the source material, but also turn-of-the-millennium Nine Inch Nails. When I checked out Blanck Mass' debut album, however, the tone was more ambient and ethereal -- great stuff to be sure, but a rather different vibe.
So I sort of wrote "Fallen" off as a fortunate one-off, at least until Sacred Bones shared a full-album preview of the new Blanck Mass album "Dumb Flesh." I'm happy to say this latest LP delivers on all the promise in that Carpenter remix. The tracks are pounding, gothy and industrial but with an undercurrent of that electro-ambience that Power utilized so well in his earlier release.
Plus, there's a science angle on the album: