Blake/e/e/e
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Blake/e/e/e

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Band Alternative Avant-garde

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Jan
23
Blake/e/e/e @ L'Embobineuse

Marseille, Not Applicable, France

Marseille, Not Applicable, France

Jan
22
Blake/e/e/e @ Heretic

Bordeaux, Not Applicable, France

Bordeaux, Not Applicable, France

Jan
16
Blake/e/e/e @ Ponterotto

Montelupo F.no, Not Applicable, Italy

Montelupo F.no, Not Applicable, Italy

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Blake/e/e/e, along with having a confusing name, also has a highly varied musical personality on Border Radio. The disc begins with "Holy Dub", and it is what one would expect: a bouncy, rhythmic dub track. This is easy enough, but that is where the simplicity ends. "New Millennium's" is gorgeous in its delivery. This lush, sprawling track introduced a subtlety into the record before changing gears to the straight forward "lack of Self-Explanation". This track drones, rises, fades away, and then returns with another droning riff. The remnants of this song slide into the Beach Boys-inspired "narrow Zone". Psychedelic and fun, this track was my early favorite until I heard the next song, "Time Machine". This could have been the title track for this disc, as Blake/e/e/e is a throwback of a band that refuses to surrender to what is dominating radio and pop culture to generate music that is wholly original. The throbbing bass, strange, ethereal vocals and hypnotic rhythm of "Time Machine" made it my favorite of the record. From this point forward, Blake/e/e/e revisits a series of ideas: "Holy, Yes to the Sunny Days" and "Saint Lawrence Tears" both revolve around pseudo-country riffs and twangy, folk-inspired playing. Additionally, "Dub-Human-is" resurrects a similar idea from the opening song. This particular song seemed to move slowly out of the blocks, filling the listener with a sense of uncertainty. However, the song is allowed to take its' time, as the track lingers for ten minutes! The title track "Border Radio" and "The Thing's Hollow" are nearly tribal in their energy, with the latter featuring magnificent female vocals and lyrics about stars, space, and a lack of gravity. This disc may be the soundtrack to a bizarre hallucination, and it is truly for a select audience. - Rich Quinlan


The dub of the appropriately titled album opener "Holy Dub" opens up Blake/e/e/e's Border Radio. While it is not necessarily a harbinger of things to come, it does speak to the wide open frontiers that lay ahead of the listener. Border Radio reminds me of a band like Califone and their unique brand of songwriting. Both Califone and Blake/e/e/e are centered around folk but extensively explore the experimental side of the genre. Both groups hail from Chicago as well.

After arguably the album's two most accessible tracks, "New Millenium's Lack Of Self Explanation" and "The Great Rescue Episode," the band sets off on a great exploration. Touching on another Chicago musician, "Narrow Zone" sounds like some of Tim Kinsella's more off-the-wall material. The abrasive "Time Machine" is what I would describe as a misstep. But even a misstep brings out the charm of Blake/e/e/e. At every point of Border Radio, the band shows a willingness to use their entire sonic space. "The Thing's Hollow" sees Marcella Riccardi taking over on vocals for the first time. Recalling the grace and power of PJ Harvey, the song rumbles below the surface before coming to an appropriate end. "Holy Yes To The Sunny Days" majestically recalls Sub Pop's Holopaw with its banjo and understated beauty. The 10 minute "Dub-Human-Ism" is next and it is almost hypnotic in its other-worldly approach. Album closer "Saint Lawrence Tears" sees Riccardi making another vocal appearance. Once again, it is a highlight as her voice floats over a lone banjo. The song is a powerful statement that leads the album to a timely finish. The production of Settlefish guitarist Bruno Germano should be noted as he always allows the band's unmistakable personality to breathe through.

In essence, Border Radio is a telling album title. Blake/e/e/e take the listener on a vivid and diverse musical journey. The band walks the tightrope of being eclectic but hardly ever to the detriment of their songs. Through fields of indie, folk and psychedelic rock, Blake/e/e/e delve into the heart and soul of experimental songcraft. Afterall, this is not radio, it's Border Radio.

Genre: Indie/Experimental/Folk

RIYL: Holopaw, Sparklehorse, Califone - Will || Sound As Language


Listening to Blake/e/e/e's Border Radio (Free Folk), one is reminded of that cliche about Chicago's weather: If you don't like it, wait five minutes. Nestled next to minimal, skip-beat folk ("The Great Rescue Episode") is the throbbing, space-jam crunch of "New Millennium's Lack Of Self Explanation." The languorous, precise "Narrow Zone" rubs against the claustrophobic insistence of "Time Machine," fleshed out with steady, pulsating groove splashed with shards of spiky guitar and atonal vocal stabs. - Patrick Conlan


Like so many stellar LPs before it, the Chicago group's "Border Radio" seems to improve with repeat listens. Chalk it up to eclecticism: this is a complex sort of indie-rock--fuzzy and textural one moment, folkish and fumbly the next--and it resists cop-out hooks like they're the plague. - Editor


2007 fingen Paolo Iocca und Marcella Riccardi von der italienischen Gruppe Franklin Delano noch einmal ganz von vorn an und gründeten zusammen mit den beiden Amerikanern Egle Sommacal und Mattia Boscolo die Band Blake/E/E/E. Die Ingredienzien dieses italo-amerikanischen Vierer-Cocktails sind: drei Teile Beach Boys, zwei Teile King Tubby und eine Prise Dub Narcotic Sound System. Kräftig durchgeschüttelt, kommt so etwas wie „Border Radio“ dabei heraus, erschienen bei Unhip Records (Bologna).

Halluzinatorischer Pop, Experimente, Beschwörungen und Reggae-Rhythmen sind die Bestandteile dieser CD, die an die jüngste Portishead-Platte („The Thing's Hollow“), an Mercury Rev („The Great Rescue Episode“) und auch an Animal Collective („Narrow Zone“) erinnert. Das gesamte Album geht stark in Richtung Freak Folk, wobei Mantras und andere Formen der Wiederholung gegenüber klassischen Pop-Strukturen überwiegen. Davon zeugt der (10 Minuten) lange „Dub-Human-Ism“, ein Sakralgesang wie von Brian Wilson und seinen Boys interpretiert und von einem völlig durchgeknallten Mad Professor produziert. - Emmanuel Dosda


Das Trio Blake/e/e/e kommt zu zwei Dritteln aus Italien undspielt eine ziemlich eigenwillige Mischung aus all den schönen Stilen,die den Folk in letzter Zeit so weird machen. Der Drummer DavyDeLaFuente stammt aus Chicago und hat die Postrock-Szene vor Ort längstausgecheckt.

Auf ihrem Debütalbum "Border Radio"breiten Blake/e/e/e jede Menge Ideen aus und experimentieren unbedarftmit allem, was grad so rumliegt. Aus schleppendem Dub mauern sieGrundlagen für psychedelische Riffschlaufen oder sie lassen aus zartgepickten Bar-Klampfen einen hymnischen Folk mit fast schon sakralanmutenden Chören entstehen. Synthesizer blubbern über Dub-Riddims,Vintage-Orgeln dudeln hypnotisch, und manchmal durchbrechen hysterischeKatzenschreie eine einlullende Ambientfläche. Alles da also beiBlake/e/e/e - was über den einigermaßen bescheuerten Namen hinweg sehenlässt. - Lutz


Das Duo Blake/e/e/e kommt zu einem Teil aus Italien, zum anderen aus den USA. In Italien wurde sein Album bereits im Oktober letzten Jahres veröffentlicht. Nach einer US-Tour soll es bei uns dann auch ab Februar erhältlich sein. Die 10 Songs sind genau so unterschiedlich, wie die Nationalitäten, die dahinter stecken. Eine bunte Mischung aus Folk und Indie Rock und ein wenig Dub. Eine ungewöhnliche Mischung. Führt leider auch dazu, dass aus dem Album kein stimmiges Gesamtwerk wurde. Jeder wird ein paar Songs finden, die ihm taugen, aber dass einem Hörer alles gefällt, das wage ich dann doch stark zu bezweifeln. Manchen werden die zarten Orgelpassagen zusagen, anderen der Psychedelic- oder auch der Prog-Rock. Handwerklich ein gut gemachtes Album, aber leider wurden hier zu viele Stile auf einmal umgesetzt. - Alexandra


Blake/e/e/e (prononcez "Blake-ie") est une formation transalpine composée, entre autres, de membres du groupe Franklin Delano, et qui propose son premier album sur le label italien Unhip records. L’occasion de découvrir un post-folk frais et roboratif qui n’hésite pas à aller au-delà des sentiers battus et qui peut rappeler, par exemple, le son brut des Dodos sans le coté pop et mélodieux qui a fait le succès du duo en 2008, car les morceaux de Blake/e/e/e sont plus radicaux, plus secs, plus psychédéliques en allant parfois dans des direction noise, presque expérimentales ce qui donne à l’album bigarré, où chaque titre se révèle très différent de celui qu’il précède.
Bref, on peut compter sur Blake/e/e/e, groupe touche-à-tout et plein d’idées qui, avec ce "Border radio", album patchwork par excellence, aura fait un peu plus qu’attirer ma curiosité. - Benoit


DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE produit par Adrian Sherwood = BLAKE EEE. Quel drôle de nom, soit dit en passant. Prononce-le à l’Anglaise, tu passes pour un hystérique. Un doux-dingue, à l’image de ce Border Radio. Tiens donc. Un disque qui devient de plus en plus tribal et ténébreux à mesure que tu progresses dans son écoute. Dub évanescent, country diaphane, pop barrée dans les sphères nuageuses, le tout passé au mixer de l’expérimentation débridée jamais bridée. Un mois plus tard, je ne suis toujours pas parvenu à en percer ses mystères. Il n’y a que chez Disney qu’on apprivoise une bête sauvage avec du chocolat. - Buddy Satan


Deux Italiens et deux Américains aux idées larges brisent les frontières entre les genres et mixent pop et dub. “Border Radio“ : No Border!

En 2007, Paolo Iocca et Marcella Riccardi du groupe italien Franklin Delano lâchent tout pour former Blake/E/E/E avec deux musiciens américains, Egle Sommacal et Mattia Boscolo. Prenons les références de ce quartet italo-américain et mélangeons-les : une louchée de Beach Boys, deux cuillères à soupe de King Tubby, une dose de Dub Narcotic Sound System. Secouons fort. Très fort. Et nous obtenons quelque chose qui ressemble à “Border Radio“, premier album de Blake/E/E/E, sorti sur le label bolognais Unhip Records.

Pop hallucinatoire, expérimentations, incantations et rythmes reggae sont les composants de ce disque qui rappelle à la fois le dernier Portishead (“The Thing's Hollow”), Mercury Rev (“The Great Rescue Episode”) ou Animal Collective (“Narrow Zone”)… L’ensemble de l’album penche d’ailleurs très fortement vers le freak folk, privilégiant les mantras et autres boucles aux structures pop classiques. En atteste le long (10 minutes) “Dub-Human-Ism“ : chant sacré qui serait entonné par Brian Wilson et sa bande et produit par un Mad Professor plus fou que jamais. - Emmanuel Dosda


Discography

Border Radio (CD & LP) - Unhip Records, 2008
This Is Not Us EP (LP + digital download coupon) - Unhip Records 2010

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Blake/e/e/e (pronounced "Blake-ie") is a Bologna based music project. The band currently consists of Paolo Iocca, Marcella Riccardi and Mattia Boscolo. The lineup has seen other members switching roles: Davy DeLaFuente, Oren Wagner, Egle Sommacal, Bruno Germano and Marcello Petruzzi.

Marcella Riccardi and Paolo Iocca met in 2002 and started recording together under the moniker of Franklin Delano, releasing 3 albums and touring both the States and Europe a number of times. interesting collaborations took place with Brian Deck and Califone. In 2007 they decided to disband and start Blake/e/e/e to further develop their work with a freer approach.

Although the band is often classified as psych folk/dub/post punk, it is hard to define Blake/e/e/e sound as they often experiment with diverse styles and ideas. Their debut album, Border Radio (Unhip Records, 2008), has been defined as "Beach Boys go to church where the church becomes a mutant disco".

The band has recently toured the States and Europe and is currently working on new material.
An Ep is due January 2010.