Wildcard (week 48): Blenko – Only A Matter Of Time

Based in Manningtree, Essex, Blenko is the one-woman project of singer and bass player Rebecca Simmonds. In a previous life she fronted local band Anna’s Bones. She’s inspired by Talking Heads, Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Vega, and – by the sound of her new single – Talking Heads spin-off Tom Tom Club. Anyhow, this solo venture marks an exciting new chapter in her musical journey.

Only A Matter Of Time is only Blenko’s third single on her own. Less than four months ago, she released her solo debut Through Your Teeth, which was followed by There There There. Both garnered attention on platforms such as BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. I predict this new single, produced by Low Lying Sun frontman Michael Hemmings, will broaden her audience considerably. It combines no-nonsense bass lines, distinctive vocals and compelling songwriting.

Simmonds says about the track: β€œOnly A Matter Of Time is about human relationships, how they can change and how we adapt as a result. It originally came from some very sad personal experiences, but like my previous songs, there is a fun and upbeat aspect to the music that, I guess, symbolises optimism and maybe even a bit of faith in things getting better. Your brain can do a lot of gymnastics during challenging times (at least mine does!), where you juggle lots of different points of view. The multiple sounds and voices in the middle 8 kinda reflects this. But then out of this comes, hopefully, comes some sort of clarity and growth.”

Only A Matter Of Time by Blenko is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. This implies that it will be prominently displayed at the top of the blog for an entire week.

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In the Wildcards 2023 playlist you’ll find all of this year’s Carte Blanche Music Wildcards so far.

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