Neneh Cherry will return with her first solo effort in 18 years with Blank Project, which is set to hit stores on February 25th via Smalltown Supersound. In anticipation, the album is streaming in full at NPR.org.
Blank Project follows Cherry’s Man (1996), which included “7 Seconds”, her Grammy-nominated duet with Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour. The album also follows 2012’s The Cherry Thing, her collaborative effort with free jazz trio The Thing, which saw her covering the likes of Suicide, The Stooges, and MF Doom.
According to a press release:
“What stands out upon first listen is the album’s sparseness: loose drums and a few synthesizers are the only accompaniment to Neneh’s wildly poetic, sometimes-spoken, sometimes-screeching, soul-flooded and raw vocals. The space created by this minimal aesthetic leaves room for occasional pistes and flurries of rapid, yet throbbing and thunderous instrumentation. Featuring combined elements of beat poetry, avant-electronica and beautiful vocal melodies, it’s a record that uses simple ideas to create something entirely original.”
Preorders for the album are ongoing. Below, stream the title track and check out the tracklist.
Blank Project Tracklist:
01. Across The Water
02. Blank Project
04. Spit Three Times
08. Out Of The Black (featuring Robyn)