JUNE 16, 2017
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"Convince Me" is the second full length record from musician and painter Sebastian Blanck. A founding member of the noise band Black Dice, Blanck has been writing and recording music under his own name for the last 10 years. His highly personal paintings of family and fellow artists / musicians are regularly exhibited in the United States and abroad. He lives in NYC and in the Hudson Highlands.
"Convince Me" was recorded live with the help of friends Richard Baluyut (of the Indie Rock band Versus) on bass, Joey Bouchard on drums, and Chris Robertson playing guitar and producing the record. It has a more immediate and visceral feel than Blanck's previous effort, "Alibi Coast” 2010.
When describing his songwriting process Blanck says, “I wanted to write an album that guessed at what my life would be like without the love I enjoy, without the comfort I know in my family. This collection of songs is about unbalanced love and its complexities.”
Blanck's visually compelling lyrics, paired with lush harmonies and alternate guitar tunings, create a warm tone for the album as in the track Vanishing Point (I’m one whose pulled by a hunger for more / I am the rising tide that devours the shore / with some venomous need to see we are joined / and from my perspective you’re the vanishing point.)
"Convince Me" features a number of duets. Sharon Van Etten*, Becky Stark and Hannah Cohen all lend their voices to the album. These guest vocalists help Blanck pose the question, “How can we stay hopeful when so many things pull us towards loneliness?” Blanck muses on how to keep hope and determination pure.
*Sharon Van Etten appears courtesy of JagJaguwar.