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The Blanc Tapes is a new Blancmange nine-CD box set that contains expanded three-disc editions of the albums Happy FamiliesMange Tout and Believe You Me - all of which contain previously unreleased demos, remixes and BBC sessions.

The expanded version of 1982's Happy Families within this box, contains 12-inch mixes and a non-album B-side, as well as nine previously unreleased demos and rehearsals from Neil Arthur's own collection. The third disc for this album contains two previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions (featuring two otherwise unrecorded songs) and a BBC live concert.

Mange Tout (from 1984) features the hits Don't Tell Me and their version of ABBA's The Day Before You Came, which was a bigger hit than the original! Again, here we have 12-inch mixes, B-sides,  five previously unreleased demos and rehearsals from Neil Arthur's own collection (featuring two otherwise unrecorded songs) and more BBC sessions and live concerts.

Believe You Me was issued in 1985 and produced by Stewart Levine and follows the pattern of the other expanded versions with remixes, demos and BBC sessions and live concert audio.

This special Blanc Tapes package, places each three-CD media book editions (also available separately) in an outer rigid slipcase. Each of these editions features notes by Neil Arthur, plus photos and lyrics.

The Amazon Exclusive Edition (UK only) offers a print signed by Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe. There are only 500 of these available - once sold out, that's it.

To be clear, there is no non-signed box, but you can buy the three media book expanded sets separately, if you wish. However, as things stand there is no price advantage for doing so, so there's no logic in *not* getting a them with the outer 'Blanc Tapes' slipcase and signed print!

The Blanc Tapes will be issued on 4 August 2017


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Empathy Test is London-based electronic music duo Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). Currently performing their unique brand of emotive, '80s tinged synth pop across Europe with the help of Christina Lopez (drums) and Jacob Ferguson Lobo (keyboards), they have previously shared stages with everyone from The Japanese House to Bombay Bicycle Club. Following the success of 'Seeing Stars' and 'By My Side', Empathy Test are now set to drop new single 'Bare My Soul'

'Bare My Soul' perfectly showcases the childhood friends' brooding, cinematic sound. Pulsating analogue synthesizers, combined with a staggered drumbeat and rolling toms, drive the track to a dazzling, euphoric chorus. Isaac's sombre vocals meanwhile, provide snapshots of poignant moments in his formative years, from a friend's early critique of his "deep and meaningful" song writing, to the death of a girlfriend's father. 

"'Bare My Soul' is literally about doing just that; baring one's soul. Isaac was initially inspired by a radio documentary he heard about Kurt Cobain, in which someone said, "[Kurt] had this ability to...bare his soul, in a way that no one else could". The music mirrors that feeling of release when you finally get things off your chest, moving from the dark, suffocating tightness of the verses into the bright, open space of the choruses. The people in the song; Stephen, Blythe, Cassandra and Sophie, are all real people that Isaac encountered growing up" - Empathy Test 

With this release, Empathy Test once again demonstrate an effortless ability to translate the atmospherics of classic sci-fi soundtracks into an accessible contemporary pop structure and combine it with confessional lyrics that cut right to the core. Scheduled to arrive on the 21st April, 'Bare My Soul' kicks off a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the self-release of Empathy Test's debut album on the 23rd June.

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