Boomkat Product Review:
Dean Blunt stumps his self-released Stone Island  album on vinyl, yielding one of his more introspective collections of songs, purportedly written and recorded in a Moscow hotel room.
For recent historical context, Stone Island first landed in between The Redeemer and Black Metal, a few years after the dissolution of Hype Williams, and also features Joanne Robertson - with whom he’s just collaborated on Walhalla  - playing the female yang to his yin, just as he was establishing a solo streak as the UK’s preeminent avant bard.
Blunt’s husky croon is front and centre of his drily crafted but lush arrangements, starting out with an elegiac lament, One and cycling thru scenarios ranging from the tongue-in-cheek dad-hop beats and harps of Two, tending to his psych side with Three, then taking in something like a London 2013 Serge Gainsbourg piece in Six, and an ickily sweet angelic chorus in Eight, before Joanne Robertson chimes in on acoustic guitar for Heat.
A crucial piece of the Dean Blunt puzzle, we’re sure you’ll agree.