Blessed Debut New Single “Agoraphobia”
Blessed have dropped “Agoraphobia.” The track is off their forthcoming release Circuitous, which drops on October 28 via Flemish Eye Records. The album during winter 2020-2021 at Vancouver’s Rain City Recorders with Matt Roach and Emily Ryan. The record was mixed by John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent, Wye Oak) and mastered by Greg Obis (Cloud Nothings). The group experimented with two different drum setups, eventually blending the two within a single song.
Singer/guitarist Drew Riekman states, “Dealing with moments of panic and crisis is confusing for the people around you. Especially if you’re suffering from something that doesn’t have heft in the common day to day world. Wide open spaces and being far from home is generally exciting for most, and touring was a vehicle for me to feel that same feeling a lot of the time. But with so much home time, I was enveloped again with a sensation that makes little sense to anyone else, and attempted to open the door a little to that isolation.”
Blessed’s longtime collaborator, digital artist Nathan Donovan, paired up with Jacob Dutton, to art direct and design all original art and videos for the record, centering on a nameless, childlike robot that embodies very specific, subtle and uncanny expressions. The robot appears on the record’s cover and in the video / visuals for previous acclaimed singles “Redefine” and “Anything”.
Since being established in 2015, Blessed has been on a relentless but precise creative trajectory, releasing three EPs, an LP, a 7″ split, and a remix EP. Their most recent, 2021 EP, iii, earned positive acclaim from the likes of Iggy Pop, Talkhouse and more.
Blessed 2022 Tour Dates
Nov 17th – Winnipeg, MB – The GoodWill
Nov 18th – Saskatoon, SK – The Black Cat
Nov 19th – Calgary, AB – Palomino
Nov 20th – Edmonton, AB – The Aviary
Nov 23rd – Vancouver, BC – The Red Gate
Nov 25th – Seattle, WA – Clock Out
Nov 26th – Portland, OR – High Water Mark
Nov 28th – Sacramento, CA – The Starlet Room
Nov 29th – San Francisco, CA – The Knockout
Nov 30th – Los Angeles, CA – Gold Diggers
Dec 1st – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
Dec 2nd – San Diego – The Comet
Dec 3rd – Phoenix – Valley Bar
Dec 4th – El Paso, TX – Mona
Dec 6th – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
Dec 7th – Denton, TX – Andy’s Bar
Dec 8th – Fayetteville, AR – Smoke And Barrel
Dec 9th – St Louis, MO – Heavy Anchor
Dec 10th – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
All Dates w/ Stuck
Pre-order Circuitous by Blesses HERE
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