Fast becoming a master of the avant-garde, dark-pop sound she’s become synonymous with. Belgian songwriter Blanche returns this Spring with her new album ‘Empire’, and the outstanding new single ‘Fences. The album showcases a multi-faceted artist, with elements from all ends of the musical spectrum used to create an emphatic piece of alt-pop bliss.
“Meetings, writing sessions, songs that, like me, were fueled by travelling back and forth between London and Brussels” – Reveals Blanche summing up the three years that passed from spring 2017 when she revealed herself to the whole of Europe with City Lights and her new album. 41 Million streams worldwide later, and the Belgian songwriter has been writing and recording with some of the best producers in the business. All the songs on the new album were written or co-written by Ellie Delvaux. The album was recorded between London and Brussels and co-produced by Rich Cooper (Banks, Mystery Jets, Lucy Rose) and François Gustin (Girls In Hawaii). Illustrating Blanche’s words and already giving precious clues to the album to come, the last single ‘Empire’ was released with an outstanding visual from Alexander De Bruycker under the artistic direction of Ludovic Beun (Oscar And The Wolf).
The new single ‘Fences’, showcases Blsnche’s love for analog-led, electronic pop. Drenched in Cooper’s signature production style, the foundation of the track is built from an effortless 4X4 drum pattern. The chorus builds to atmospheric synths, with Blanche’s outstanding vocal staying consistent throughout.
“Fences is this cheesy but forever important message: tear down the fences of rejection, open yourself to the other, accept and respect their differences; try and think with your heart.
We’re in a world where the fear of people for the other and the unknown is growing.
It’s sometimes hard to believe we can counter this, but I’m trying my best to persuade myself that it is not a lost cause. When you’re listening to the song I hope you’ll see (like I do) a person making a step on every bar of the song, a determined step to progress. With this repetitive rhythm, I try to make you want to move forward. Through pictorial lyrics, I invite people to make this journey in their head.
This is not a moralizing song, it is not my place to do so. I’m trying to spread a positive message.”