Leeds dream-pop post-punkers Blessa return with the soaring, "Between Times". Channeling bits of sawing guitars and echoing reverb, the arrangement climbs to meet vocalist Olivia Neller's halcyon head voice as she breaks into crystalline relief, singing, "tell me something more." The first trip through this progression proves innocent with each successive refrain proving more and more expansive, the lens oozing open as the guitars head to the top of the fret board and the room. It's a convincing fantasy world, as Neller sings in a telling admission, "I thought I dreamed you."
Blessa return with their second single, "Pale", still firmly lodged in the gauzy sonics that sound like a never-ending loop of the roller coaster scene in Fear. The band builds layers of reverberating guitars and winsome vocals before tipping toward a punctuating chorus, most memorably turning the word "hold" into a three syllable experience. It is love in reverse, memorialized and pretty from far away. The final movement, propulsive and seasick in the best of ways, focuses on the lyric, "it was impossibly easy for you," - which maybe it wasn't but this doesn't seem to matter here - all forgotten in the fires of an arrangement in full self-actualization mode.
Blessa, a Sheffield band, build a monument to risk on "Unfurl". Singer Olivia Neller emerges from a wall of guitar reverb and loaded bass with a brittle and brilliant vocal, breaking in and out of her upper register on the song's memorable refrain. When the chorus hits, Neller seems less to sing than to overflow in a series of rapid-fire syllables and tones. Organized chaos, "Unfurl" is barely constrained to its own architecture, a song spinning near the edge of falling apart. This is, perhaps, the prestige, the risk, the twist and the reveal. The band hints at danger and a crushing sadness, only mildly rearing at the precipice. Neller remains compelling from the ebbs and flows of the arrangement, willing to bloody her nose and lip for our circumspection.