Blanko Basnet

Durham, NC

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What began in 2011 as a solo project for Joe Hall of superlative indie trio Hammer No More the Fingers has since evolved into the easygoing, buoyant sounds of Durham’s Blanko Basnet, a full band featuring Hall’s Hammer bandmate Jeff Stickley and Matt Peterson and Matt McElroy of Canine Heart Sounds. Their recent second album, Ocean Meets the Animal, finds Hall’s voice floating around and weaving in and out of guitar riffs that surprisingly lilt like pop. “You were looking for higher ground, we led you to the sea,” Hall sings on “All We Are.” This dreamy quartet will leave you cresting your own wave.