Minimal Wave have announced that they are reissuing Blancmange‘s seminal debut EP, Irene & Mavis in November 2013.

Formed in the UK by Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe, Blancmange recorded the six songs on Irene & Mavis in 1979 and released it as a 7” EP in 1980.

Though not representative of what Blancmange later went on to become, Irene & Mavis is an insight into the gestation period of the duo, who fresh out of art school were keen to experiment. The EP is a relic that captures the mundane with modern electronics, and is representative of the band before they went on to reach pop chart success.

The Irene & Mavis EP has been newly remastered and will be released as a numbered limited edition 10” EP. A digital release will follow. You can also see the band on tour this November, in conjunction with their new album Happy Families Too…, featuring updated recordings of the original tracks from their 1982 debut album.


Irene & Mavis Tracklisting:


Holiday Camp

Overspreading Art Genius

Concentration Baby


Just Another Spectre

Modichy In Aneration