Oct 15, 2016

Blonde Redhead - Masculin Feminin (4AD,2016)

Before they made intricate, transporting pop for labels like 4AD, Blonde Redhead took inspiration from ’70s no wave and released singles and albums on Smells Like Records, the label of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. This connection between the bands led some to call Blonde Redhead derivative, but in hindsight — and especially on this collection — the elements that endured in their music and made it special are what stand out.
Another installment in Numero Group’s 200 Line reissue series, Masculin Feminin gathers the band’s first two albums, Blonde Redhead and La Mia Vita Violenta, which arrived in a prolific burst of creativity in 1995, as well as a generous amount of singles, rarities, and radio performances. The set presents this bonus material alongside each…album instead of isolating it, giving a more organic picture of the band’s music during this era.

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