Big Blind is the industrial/post-rock project of Los Angeles-based musician Yousef Bassirpour. He recently released Besa which is a five-song EP. He mentions that he is influenced by the likes of Björk, Nick Cave, Chelsea Wolfe and Depeche Mode. I was already excited with the first two.
The songs on this EP are layered, cinematic and dramatic. He starts with “Death or Dabke.’’ There is an electronic beat and some of the similarities with Bjork surface with this aesthetic. There is a futuristic sound and it doesn't really sound like a “band” with members but more like a musical production. Similar to Bjork it sounds larger in scope in some ways. The vocals are delivered in a very dramatic fashion and match the intensity of the music.
“Weighed My Options” is much darker and sounds closer to a band like Sunn O))). Power chords drone out with distortion and the vocals are covered in along hall reverb. There is also some spoken word happening and the mood is very serious sounding - so much so it feels thematic. The song gets more intense and goes into post-rock territory.
Up next is “Bārān” and he sings in a language I didn’t understand. The song is built on huge sounding drums that sound like they are coming from caves, warbly synths and guitar. “Bound” very well might be the highlight. I love how versatile the production was and it sounded more in line with an artist like FKA twigs. It’s dark, subdued and utilizes white noise in very cool ways. I also loved the vocal melodies.
Last up is another great song entitled “Home.” This song goes for epic heights but also takes its time to get there. It felt like a good way to close the album. My only slight issues were the mixes felt too narrow for how much was happening. There is a lot of instrumentation and I would have liked a little more space to hear all the elements.
Overall, this is a huge sounding EP that explores cosmic soundscapes while also showcasing some memorable vocal melodies. Take a listen.
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