Blank Realm – Heatless Ark LP

NNF176

 

We’ve touted this Brisbane clan on multiple occasions in the past (the Mind Peril and The Returner tapes) but they say third time’s the charm and clearly that’s true because not only is Heatless Ark Blank Realm’s vinyl debut, it’s also by far the weirdest, deepest, punkest, freakiest, aka BEST album the band’s ever made. And so for all these reasons (and more) we are happy as heaven to offer it up for the world. The porous BR line-up allows for a lot of instrumentation flux and this transience translates on record here to a strange range of agendas: open electric ecstasies (“Fabulous Terror Index”), dissonant outsider-wave art-punk (“Saint Tegram,” “Heatless Ark”), loner Jandek-y demos (“Blues Helix,” “Blues Helix 2”), slow-diving femme-sung dream-gaze (“Till I Clear My Own Name”), and beyond. Varied, wild, and intensely ambitious, this LP establishes Blank Realm as high on the high heap of the rich Australian underground, with miles more expansion potential. Hopefully western world touring plans can congeal soonishly to drive the point home. Black vinyl LPs in beautiful metallic ink smoke-ritual jackets screenprinted by art-wizard Ryo from Topping Bottoms. Edition of 400. Bonus detail: LP is available by itself OR with a killer C33 companion album called Dirty Ark (culled from the same sessions as the LP) housed in yet another radical silkscreened J-card courtesy of Ryo.