Big Bliss - At Middle Distance LP
Exit Stencil (2018)
When I ordered the new Herzog LP, somehow my order got lost at Exit Stencil headquarters. After a few weeks of wondering where it was, I reached out to the label. They apologized and immediately sent my record over. Great customer service, honestly. They also sent me an extra album, this LP by Big Bliss. They aren't a band I've ever heard of before and since I didn't seek this out on my own, I wasn't sure what I was in store for.
Turns out, Big Bliss have a shoegazer sort of post punk vibe going on. Jangly guitars with a tinge of reverb, mixed in with a steady rhythm section that keeps things in check while the guitars do some exploring in the breaks. They remind me a little bit of The Estranged, but with much less of a Wipers influence.
If there's one thing that keeps me from really sinking my teeth into this record, it's the vocals. They're a little to echo-y and spacey for my taste. I'm looking for something a little more direct and forceful. Big Bliss' vocals sound detached, almost like they are existing on a different plane from the rest of the band. Or maybe the vocals are in a different decade like the 80s. I'm just not able to get into it all that much.
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