“I’m skippin’ down the street” begins Neneh Cherry, ushering in a collaboration with none other than electro-pop compatriot Robyn called Out Of The Black. And there may now rather justifiably be a real elasticity to her step, for as a more complete picture of comeback record Blank Project is steadily painted, this itself decidedly collaborative endeavour becomes increasingly becoming.
Produced by Kieran Hebden, alias Four Tet, and fuelled by the rhythmic heft of London duo RocketNumberNine, while the likes of Everything and Blank Project have exhibited a nitty, grittier side to proceedings, Out Of The Black instead sheds a little light on a rather more poppy sensibility. So whilst Tom Page’s spluttering snares and brother Ben’s guttural splurges of epiphanic synth coat the track in a grubby patina, and Robin Miriam Carlsson and Neneh Mariann Karlsson’s inspiriting cri de cœur (“Tie our hands behind our backs/ Wash your mouth, face the pack”) may have a savage edge to it, this is ultimately contemporary pop at its most incisive, balanced as it is on the very severity of 2014. And, “out of the blue”, bloody magnificent it is, too.
Blank Project is anticipated February 24th through Smalltown Supersound.