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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Blancanus - BR001-BR005 (SP 2008/9)

Excellent 60's garage-psychedelia/paisley underground from Spain - that's what's on offer here from the one-man-music-project BLANCANUS. If you like bands like PLASTICLAND, RAIN PARADE or MARSHMALLOW OVERCOAT - look no further: this is the stuff for you! Songs with unforgettable hooks, inventive playing including great fuzz and wah wah guitar and fantastic cheesy organ sounds - wow, I love that kind of stuff! Also to mind comes SYD BARRETT's PINK FLOYD (e.g.: "I've Got You in My Dreams")  - and (especially on the last song: "Mademoiselle") the mid-60s SERGE GAINSBOURG.

The song collection presented here comes in fact from 5 singles/EPs (numbered BR001-BR005 in chronological order) that all can be downloaded from BLANCANUS's website (see below). They would make a great LP though. Well, maybe some day...

My favourite track: "All Smiles" or probably "The Sea of LSD", but it's pretty hard to say: they are all very good!

By the way: BLANCANUS works also as a D.J. Wonder how that sounds...


Interview with BLANCANUS, 2nd May 2009 (via email)

Where exactly are you from?

Bilbao, Spain (North Spain)

Do you want your real name mentioned? If so: What is your real name?

My real name is xxx xxx but I'm not interested in any mention. Thanks. Blancanus is enough.

How/When recorded? (at home/equipment...)?

The dates are in the covers (yyyy/mm/dd). I do my recordings in my living-room with the exception of the drums. You know, I respect my neighbourhood. I record the drums in the place where I practice with The Extended Plays, my band. (www.myspace.com/extendedplays). Blancanus is my personal project.
This is my equipment: Fender Telecaster, Mexican Jazz Bass, Synthesizer Yamaha CS2x, Multieffects Boss ME-500, Home Recording Station Yamaha 1600, Behringer C3 & Shure SM57 mics, a handful percussion items and several shakers, and I think that's all.

Who involved? Who played what?

I play all the instruments and vocals. You know, I'm busy and the people I know are busy... and I gotta rec the drums at 6.30 in the morning... difficult. But I would like some guests but I can't. Someday.

Any official releases? If so, label, record nr.?


Since when are you into music?

Almost 20 years!!! I'm 34. I bought my first guitar when I was 15 years old. (I'm a dirty old man :D)

Any previous bands?

Blues bands, rock bands, pop bands, many bands but I quitted them cos I was getting bored, you know, no experimentation at all. Now I'm in The Extended Plays, a psychedelic rock band and I feel good with them.


Long list here. Bands of the 60's, psychedelic bands. Especially the early Pink Floyd.

Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about...

Yes, I avoid with a powerful feeling computers editing. I mean copy & paste and all those kind of bloody things... (END OF INTERVIEW)


Blancanus - BR001-BR005 (SP 2008/9)
(mp3 zip, 12 tracks, 38 min, 73,1 MB, front cover artwork incl.)
Blancanus - BR001-20080223
01 45 Collection - 3:10
02 I've Got You In My Dreams - 2:31
Blancanus - BR002-20080426
03 Plentiful Harvest - 3:16
04 Portuguese Queen - 2:51
Blancanus - BR003-20080624
05 Raspberries Cranberries Strawberries - 3:56
06 Little Irish Girl - 3:01
07 Lovely Witch - 2:44
08 All Smiles - 3:11
Blancanus - BR004-20081215
09 Old Chinese Woman's Magic Shop - 3:19
10 Cold Outside - 3:49
Blancanus - BR005-20090309
11 The Sea of LSD - 2:42
12 Mademoiselle - 2:59
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Dharma Bummer said...

Good stuff! All the "right" influences are in place but given a personal signature sound. The guitars are very nice indeed but I think I'm most taken by the combo organ - a vital ingredient heard surprisingly little in these parts. Another oft-forgotten element here is the percussion, which contributes towards a Plasticland-esque "psych-soul" groove. I am looking forward to repeated listenings...

blancanus said...

Thank you very much Dharma Bummer for you listening

Woody Dream said...

Siempre gratas sorpresas en este blog de grupos que suenan realmente bien, como es Blancanus. Many thankx friends.

blancanus said...

Muy amable por tu comentario Woody Dream.

Juan Carlos said...

Vaya sorpresa, comentarios en español!!

Hacía tiempo que no entraba y no había visto esta entrada.

Enhorabuena y gracias por estos singles y eps blancanus, suenan cojonudo... De lo mejor que he escuchado en este blog. De veras.

No puedo entrar a tu "myspace" porque tengo que instalar no se qué del flash...pero en cuanto pueda también te visito.

Thankx for sharing Mike and thankx again blancanus for the music. Superb!!!!!

blancanus said...

Estoy abrumado con tanta felicitación. Gracias a ti Juan Carlos por seguir este blog y escuchar.
Estos comentarios animan mucho, la verdad.

caracolo said...



ENHORABUENA DESDE SEVILLA... Ere un Crá shavá !!!!

Sigue adelante con el trabajo !!!

blancanus said...

No hasse musho que estuve por Shevilla mushasho, mira tú que había arte por allá, eh?
Bueno, y mushas grasias también tio que como ya he disho ante por aquí, estas perlas de comentario se agradesen que no veas. Y arriba con sssicodelia essa...