Written by Josh Sudman
Blessin’s newest EP Do You is a vibrant, saturated dream-pop record with undertones of late-2000s chillwave. Beginning with a muted delay, opener “Inside Out” cascades into a dreamy stream-of-consciousness rhythm, including a Deerhunter-reminiscent drumline by member John Ruschr. The guitar flange is set to high, its melodic twang mixing the distinct local sound of Denton, Texas with California surf.
The EP maintains a common theme of color throughout each song, most overtly on highlight “Green Song”; the effect is the lending of cogency and cohesion to the record as single, unified piece of art. The clean hooks of the track’s guitar riffs provide balance with the occasionally-grungy rhythms while vocals float in and out of the song, adding to its complexity but never taking your attention off the rest of the music. And on “Velocity,” the rhythm section and production brilliantly simulate motion, allowing the listener to sonically journey away and venture onward.
Do You was produced by Sam Coronado and released on Art is Hard Records in March of last year. You can find Blessin’s music at their Bandcamp.