An Emblem of an Album
Electronic composer Blevin Blectum is back with her sixth studio release, Emblem Album. Blectum began her explorations in music early in her life; she studied violin and started releasing her own compositions in 1998. This righteous lady was originally part of the performance art/electronica duo Blectum from Blechdom with partner artist Kevin Blechdom, and is returning from a stint as a veterinary technician. With such a diverse resume of influence, you know her albums are going to be eclectic, if nothing else. Lucky for us, humble listeners, Emblem Album is not only eclectic, but captivating and a joy to listen to.
Blectum’s newest release has a wide array of sounds. With some tracks, you feel like you’re listening to an ’80s video game soundtrack, while with others it seems that Blectum is redefining the classical genre to meet modern standards for listeners. The whole album has an experimental edge and it makes for an audible feast. “Cromis Parts One and Two” sound like they came straight out of that cave in The Matrix, but they both remain elegant, weaving a story of sound. “Manners Melting” takes classical Mozart sounds and remixes them into a psychotic, new melody that teeters on utter chaos and brings new life into old, familiar arrangements.
Emblem Album is truly an emblem of sorts for the sounds we’ve accumulated over time. Blectum’s love for music is evident in the album’s ten tracks, and that makes it even more of a joy in which to partake; with an album like this, it really does engage you as a listener. Emblem Album would make an excellent stocking stuffer for any audiophile or an excellent little treat to yourself for the holiday season. We gotta celebrate ourselves too, yo. Emblem Album is sure to accompany many sacred nights of just hanging out by the stereo, enjoying music, for years to come.