"This song came to me in a dream. I recorded the voice memo while still half asleep. The next day I did a demo. It’s a song about just being completely defeated which I definitely was feeling at the time. It’s always important to pay attention to those dream songs because I believe they appear for a reason. I’m glad I didn’t ignore it and go back to sleep".
I’ve had the pleasure of keeping track of the emotional shrapnel which is Blind Season and I’ve gotta say, it’s a thrill ride to see this band progress. Even in the short-term scale, I’ve noticed a few crucial aspects which define both their craft and their character. While I aim to direct this review towards their latest track ‘Swim Away’, I’d also like to take the opportunity to explore and appreciate the band’s identity.
As a collective, Blind Season does not shy away from hard work and this is shockingly apparent by their enormous level of creative output. I don’t like to throw around the cliche phrase “workaholic” but I have questioned whether these guys sleep at all. While it could be a potentially dangerous game to produce such a large body of work in such a short amount of time, Blind Season never half-asses any song and never fails to produce catchy anthems.
Secondly, Blind Season is here to create music that sounds good to them and anyone else who wants to listen is welcome. While it sounds like a selfish gesture, Blind Season seems more invested in writing tracks that resonate with their own tastes and personal experiences. Whenever I’m given the opportunity to listen, I feel a strong sense of the band’s self-confidence radiating both musically and lyrically. This isn’t just a band playing lip service for their fans-no-this is a band with a passion for progression and tremendous artistic liberation.
Like so many other tracks by Blind Season, Swim Away is an expressive surge of creativity. Yet the composition grounds itself in a familiar reality and never oversteps into overwhelming experimental chaos. With this in mind, Blind Season has found a gooey sweet spot between the boundaries of “intense art” and “commercial viability”.
Although Swim Away reveals itself as one of the band's most commercially accessible and catchy anthems, it’s exciting to hear their sound develop in a way that stays true to their unique identity. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a string section accompanying this particular song- something which could be viewed as conflicting against the alternative rock genre yet the melodic soundscape definitely allows for an orchestral influence. While these musically artistic choices may divide some longtime listeners, the emotional power achieved is undeniable and the newly established sound dynamics display a versatility that will likely lead to more genre-bending innovations in future albums.
With all things considered, Swim Away balances mainstream accessibility, quality songwriting, and innovative production to satisfy repeated listens. FIND REFUGE WITH THE LINKS BELOW: FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM TWITTER SOUNDCLOUD SPOTIFY
LETS TALK ABOUT BLIND SEASON: Rock and Roll and turbulent relationships have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. The origins of Blind Season are no different. Beginning with a rag tag group only forming through the means of owning instruments, and an evening involving the smashing of a mutual friend’s car. Blind Season had undergone 5 different incarnations until Shane Sigro the founding guitarist was faced with the ultimate decision between succumbing to normalcy or proving the previous members wrong. Choosing the latter, Sigro doubled down by taking vocal lessons and penning the new music that would breathe life into the new era of Blind Season.Blind Season’s upcoming album is an ode to loneliness and toxicity that feel as if they were ripped from Billy Corgan’s Diary and featured in a film by Tim Burton. With the current questionable climate of the world there’s no question that this album will find its proper home and become a sign of the times.