One year after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tokohu coastal region, the people of Japan have made significant progress in rebuilding both their buildings and their communities. However, experts estimate that longer-term recovery may take five years or more. In response to this situation, Kazu Makino, the Japanese-born frontwoman of the band Blonde Redhead, put together We Are the Works in Progress , a benefit album that was released earlier this year. We Are the Works in Progress is unique both creatively and as disaster-relief effort.
Blonde Redhead Simultaneously Embraces its Past and Future
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While not containing the electronic sheen of Penny Sparkle , this new record continues the minimal theme with songs constructed from acoustic guitar fear not, Blonde Redhead still plugs in for the majority , spare bass and drums and the otherworldly voices of Makino and Amedeo which are allowed to flourish in this new and open environment. We did some work in Italy, a little bit more in New York, finishing off in the studio. My suspicion is that self-financing a record, despite the stresses dealing with money matters might bring, and working without label pressures gave Blonde Redhead a lot of freedom — from the practicalities down to how the music sounds. Barragan does have a lightness of touch and an airiness that I suggest comes from having no demands placed up on them.