Blessed: Blessed 'iii' EP
PRE-ORDER PRODUCT* Releasing February 19th, 2021
The cover art for iii, the upcoming EP from Canadian art-rock band Blessed, depicts a wall of wooden blocks, all different shapes, jumbled messily and precariously high against a softly-coloured background. It’s an image that captures Blessed at their most essential: experimental, asymmetrical, and interdependent, all the more remarkable for their marriage of those three qualities.
Rather than aim for one uniform mix, Blessed pursued four separate ones: Corin Roddick (Purity Ring) on opener “Sign”; John McEntire (Tortoise) on “Structure”; Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) on “Centre”; and vocalist Drew Riekman on closer “Movement.” The result is four tracks with distinctly different palettes and trajectories.
The EP’s four tracks expand on Blessed’s already-idiosyncratic vision: cavernous post-punk electronics and measured drum work pave under guitarwork that trips and sways from chiming and sunny, to serrated and snarling, to frigid and stiff. Vocalist Drew Riekman’s lithe tenor flickers in and out across tracks, an extra texture rather than a spotlit focus.
Order your copy today, please note this product will ship out by February 12th, 2021.