blanket, as the name suggests, envelop the listener in a comforting quilt of sound, transporting them to dreamy landscapes of sweeping, celestial beauty with a kaleidoscopic symphony of soaring guitars, tinkling piano, warm bass and propulsive drums. In essence, it’s ambient music on an epic scale.
Initial ideas and early demos for blanket came together at the beginning of 2016, as guitarists Bobby Pook and Simon Morgan would routinely retire to the conservatory of their rented home in Blackpool to noodle on guitars, tinkle ivories and write intertwining melodies, all whilst gazing wistfully skywards at the stars above them. It was perhaps such a sublime view that infused the music they created within that glass retreat with such elegance, purity and grace. Pook and Morgan fleshed out their ideas even further with the addition of Matthew Sheldon and Steven Pellatt in the summer of 2016; blanket was now a fully-fledged proposition.
The band signed to Music For Nations to release their debut full-length How To Let Go earlier this year – a blissful 55-minute exploration of imagination, wonder and the human spirit, designed to uplift, enchant and provide a beautiforous escape from an often harsh and confounding reality. Receiving plaudits from the likes of Kerrang! and Prog Magazine, the record cemented blanket as a breath of fresh air in the UK’s burgeoning alternative music scene.
blanket have been making waves live, with extensive touring in Europe and the UK, as well as performing a hypnotic, otherworldly set at the prestigious ArcTanGent Festival.
See them at The Church in Leeds on Thursday.