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ARTIST
TITLE
In Shadow
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
BLANC 016CD BLANC 016CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/8/2019

In Shadow is the second album from Fader, a duo consisting of Neil Arthur (Blancmange, Near Future) and Benge, whose work includes his own solo albums, co-productions with Gazelle Twin, and being a member of three other critically-acclaimed bands: Wrangler, Creep Show, and John Foxx and The Maths. Opening with the pulsing darkness of "Always Suited Blue", the tone of the new album is more haunted than their first -- cascades of analog synths falling over rich, sonorous vocals and lyrics that switch between midnight introspection and something more sinister. This slow creep towards something undefined but menacing is partly due to Arthur's vocals, pitched so low they sound like they're coming through the boards on the likes of "What Did It Say" and "Reporting". However, there's also a vulnerability in his voice, trying to make some kind of sense out of all the random thoughts and disturbing emotions. "Enemy Fighter" is eerily beautiful, as is the title track which is almost Zen-like in its minimalist gloom. These unsung heroes of underground minimal electronic music seem to be reveling in Fader's outsider status as they offer a deeply personal album of subtle heartbreak and slow-burning pop songs.