Bliss Blood & Al Street UNSPUN

by Bliss Blood

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A Gorgeously Noir New Album by Bliss Blood and Al Street

Bliss Blood has been one of the most intriguing and enigmatic singers in this city for a long time. A master of nuance and innunedo, she can be playful, or swoony, or downright sultry one second, and sinister the next. She’s just as strong and eclectic as a songwriter: she has a thing for foreshadowing, and subtle metaphors, and clever double entendres: Street has a fluency and edge on acoustic guitar that most players only dream of achieving on electric: forget about nailing the kind of sizzling, flamenco and Romany-influenced riffs with the kind of nuance he employs without help from amps or pedals.
The new album’s tracks include Alpha, a flamenco-tinged cautionary tale about a guy whose “fingers are there on the snare” --you don’t want to be on the banks when this particular levee gives way. Entropy has a distantly injured pulse that’s as dreamy and Lynchian as it is ominously steady: “Now the laws of our transgression have all been broken but a few/So don’t pretend we didn’t bend the universe in two.”
Lucia, a lively flamenco swing instrumental, gives Street a launching pad for all kinds of nimble spirals. No One Gets It All, the album’s most haunting track, has a surreally captivating lyric to match its bittersweetly gorgeous melody...
It goes without saying that this is one of 2015’s best releases.

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released March 17, 2015

UNSPUN review on Hollow Publishing Blog:

I rarely do reviews on music, I don’t think I’m qualified to critique musicians that are in many cases much better than myself, but when I heard Unspun, the new album by New York based duo Bliss Blood (Moonlighters, Pain Teens) and Al Street, I felt a duty to share my impression of this ethereal album.

Unspun begins with the hypnotic, acoustic and almost psychedelic, Entropy. The language play and dreamy rhythm guitar in the song recalls some of Syd Barrett’s solo work, but with virtuoso Spanish guitar work by Al Street quietly complementing the song, adding a bit of edge, flare and flavour. Above at all of course is the clear voice of Bliss Blood. Alternating between different singing styles, such as in nuyaim, where the vocals recall an almost Middle Eastern sound, to an old time style give me lots of sugar, which could be right out of the 1920’s. No One Gets It All is a catchy, emotional, modern song driven by Bliss Blood’s ukulele and honeyed voice, which has taken on a mournful, regretful mood, supported by intense bursts of flamenco guitar from Street and haunting lyrics from Blood.

Unlike too many performers these days, Bliss doesn’t try and over-sing, but restrains her powerful singing voice, complimenting, but not overwhelming the songs. Mixing her trademark old time Jazz/Blues/Hawaiian sound with some more sad, atmospheric and personal lyrics than her work with The Moonlighters.

Despite the fact that many of the songs have a dream-like, mellow psychedelic folk sound, the album never becomes boring; each song is exactly as long as it should be. In snowmelt, Bliss’s voice washed over me like sonic honey and morphine.

I can’t pick a favourite track on this album, but the title track of Unspun is a strong contender, with its driving rhythm and intense and emotional solos by Street playing back and forth with Bliss’s singing. My friend and drummer said that vixen reminded him of an Elliott Smith song with a female singer, and I can’t say I disagree. This is the only song on the album that employs electric guitar, and it is employed to the best effect, coming out of nowhere like a bluesy, rockabilly dust storm. In Pitfall, Bliss sounds like a seductive and untouchable 1930’s Jazz singer.

Unspun is a beautiful, emotional, and intense album that fuses together old Jazz, the Blues, Hawaiian music, acoustic music and intense lyrics all woven together by Bliss Blood’s dreamy, seductive, opium smoke vocals and Al Street’s perfectly timed and executed Spanish guitar parts. Its far too easy to miss great independent performers these days, and if you want my opinion Bliss Blood and Al Street are two that you don’t want to overlook.

This is by no means Bliss Blood’s first album, and you can check out her Bandcamp profile for more albums by her and Al Street, the Moonlighters, and Pain Teens. We’ll be taking a look at some of those other albums in the near future so stay posted. Until then, do yourself and independent music a favour and get yourself a copy of Unspun.

-Jack Blare
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Bliss Blood, vocals, ukulele, lyrics
Al Street, guitars

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Track Name: Unspun
UNSPUN
lyrics by Bliss Blood

I was spun up by the echoes
I was done up by the fear
I was restless, it was empty
I was sleepless, nothing clear.

I was spun up in the darkness
Given fun up to despair
I was melting into shadows,
I was trying not to care.

Now it's begun, I am unspun
I am floating, I am undone
Feel the tremors of awaking
And the falling, and the quaking.

I am blooming into softness
I am growing so aware,
I am giving, not desiring,
Looking up, I see you there.
Track Name: Nuyaim
NUYIAM (Bliss)
Lyrics by Bliss Blood

Nuyiam, I long for you, in echoes of a dream
My pain and sorrow fall away, with you, my Nuyiam
Your fingers hold a sweet caress,
You bring the end of care and stress,
In effortless forgetfulness, with you, my Nuyiam.
Within your eyes, the dreamlight smiles,
Your every little word beguiles,
Eternities are little whiles,
With you, my Nuyiam.

Nuyiam, I longed for you, before I knew your name,
I suffered in the dark, alone,
Without you, Nuyiam
I was so lonely and forlorn,
My mind was in a constant storm,
Before the thought of love was born,
Without you, Nuyiam
Return to me, my loving one,
Your kiss is warmer than the sun,
Without your love, my life is done;
Without you, Nuyiam.
Track Name: Pitfall
PITFALL
Lyrics by Bliss Blood

I make wise men foolish, I make hard men melt
Grown up men all schoolish, feel things they never felt
I make smart men stumble, I make tall men fall
I make the staunch ones crumble, and the brave ones crawl.

All the pitfalls of human desire dovetail in my charms;
All their motives caught in the crossfire when they're melting in my arms.
What they want, and how hard they want it, that's all they understand
How hard it is for them to get it, when they fall how hard they land.

I make sweet men sweeter, bring the big ones down to size;
What I love best are the poets, I make them rhapsodize.
I make the lustful ones kittens, have them eating from my hand;
Every single one is smitten, I turn the good ones into grand!

Like a bird on barbed wire, singing in a storm,
I never tire of playing fascination from dusk 'til morn.
In the sport of knaves, I keep my profile low;
Took so many wrong turns, I ended up right back at "go".
Track Name: Give Me Lots Of Sugar
GIVE ME LOTS OF SUGAR
Lyrics by Bliss Blood

Gonna get my sweets, which one will it be?
Got the baker and the candy man crazy for me
Can't quite decide, will it be that one or this?
Both of them competing to deliver my bliss.
Give me lots of sugar til I make up my mind
Which sweet daddy makes the sweetest kind
Give me lots of sugar, melt my heart with your charms
Kiss the sugar off my lips as I melt in your arms.

The candy man's supplying new treats every night
Caramels and macaroons that taste just right
Creamy dreamy truffles he makes just for me
Sweetness so powerful I can barely see.
But the baker's got cream puffs that make me shake
Writes my name in icing on every cake.
Delivers sweet jelly roll when work is done
He even lies and tells me I'm his only one.

Give me lots of sugar, let it melt in my mouth
Got the best candy in the north or the south
Bake me sweet surprises that take me my storm
Got an oven so hot it will always be warm.
Give me lots of sugar, ‘cause it gives me a smile,
For your sugar I would walk one dozen miles.
You know if I don’t get it, I’m as blue as can be--
Sweet daddy got to give all of your sugar to me!
Track Name: Entropy
ENTROPY
lyrics by Bliss Blood

The axis started twisting and turning on its side,
my reason for existing had never been denied;
attunement and evolving, expression born anew,
our twisting and revolving expiring into blue.

The lesson kept me guessing and the rules were never clear,
the silence kept expressing, the abyss's drop was sheer;
Your lips were never speaking but so clearly understood,
hot havoc we were wreaking from the moment when we could.

Now the laws of our transgression have all been broken but a few;
So don't pretend we didn't bend the universe in two.

Your pleasure made to measure and my pleasure your terrain,
in our sweet undying leisure every treasure has a name;
in the darkness never lost and nothing ever is denied,
but a tribute slyly tossed at the summit of the tide.

Now the laws of our transgression have all been broken but a few;
so don't pretend we didn't bend the universe in two.
Track Name: It's So Hard
IT'S SO HARD
Lyrics by Bliss Blood

I tried to conceal it, tried not to believe it;
It's burning like a fire, it's only growing higher.
So hard to accept it, so deep in me I kept it;
You came to me to love me, I see your face above me.

It's so hard, it's so hard,
so hard to keep from giving it all to you.
It's so hard, it's so hard,
so hard to keep from giving everything to you.

I tried not to show you, how much I want to know you,
It's growing like a flower, so tender in its power.
Perfect and attracting, explosive interacting;
It's melting all the wiring, so silent and untiring.

It's so hard, it's so hard,
so hard to keep from giving it all to you.
It's so hard, it's so hard,
so hard to keep from giving everything to you.

I try to be cool now, and play this little duel now;
pretending that I'm stronger, making it last longer,
but for you I'm burning, my passion keeps returning;
keep giving never taking, but deep inside I'm breaking.

It's so hard, it's so hard,
so hard to keep from giving it all to you.
It's so hard, it's so hard,
so hard to keep from giving everything to you.
Track Name: Vixen
VIXEN
lyrics by Bliss Blood

I'm known for carousing, and for my arousing;
infatuation I can't understand.
A bit of a heart throb, My hand on the door knob,
to swirling, impetuous lands.
I'm known for exploding, the trigger's unloading,
and balancing well on the sand.
With you there to catch me, unlock and unlatch me,
dilemmas are solved but unplanned.

This vixen is light, this vixen is airy
come catch me across the abyss;
This vixen's delight, no effort to carry,
the feeling of falling was never like this.

I'm known for escaping, I leave their hearts gaping,
it's only a matter of time.
But this time it's different, attunement so pleasant,
up over abysses we climb.
I'm known for abandon, affection at random,
consistency never my style;
I have you to sing to, and sometimes to cling to,
the world disappears for a while.

This vixen is light, this vixen is airy
come catch me across the abyss;
This vixen's delight, no effort to carry,
the feeling of falling was never like this.
The feeling of falling was never like this.
The feeling of falling was never like this.
Track Name: Snowmelt
SNOWMELT
Lyrics by Bliss Blood

Snowmelt, you drench me
defenses unclench me
Waiting for no one
Always alone

Snowmelt, you heat me
Surface to meet me
Waters are icy
Paradise shown

Snowmelt, I'm swimming
River is brimming
Flood of new passion
Letting you in

Snowmelt, releasing
Warming my freezing
Smiling and pleasing
Let it begin.
Track Name: Alpha
Alpha
lyrics by Bliss Blood

He is the alpha and living omega,
fears no obstacles, counts no costs;
tall in stature, lean of leg,
needs no one to tell him that he's the boss.
Reckless entanglements never snare him,
unless his fingers are there on the snare;
don't be surprised if you have to share him,
and you'd better be devil-may-care.

He is the alpha, mine is the delta
conquered the moment he glanced my way;
all my defenses fled helter-skelter,
there on the banks, when the levee gave way.
Towering surge and the river ran backward,
only a candle to light my demise;
swaggering charm, not a second was awkward,
beckoning flood and the waters still rise.

He is the alpha, the sun on my shoulder,
he is the fire that burns in the night,
he is the power which never grows colder,
he is the sound of impending delight.
I am the darkness that quenches the shadow,
I am the flower that blooms at the dawn;
I am the whisper that conquers the terror,
I am affection that goes on and on.
Track Name: Tying My Tail In Knots
TYING MY TAIL IN KNOTS
Lyrics by Bliss Blood

You're the ultimate -- the living end;
You're everything I'm not
And ever since I picked you out,
I let you call the shots.
You tease me, and beguile me,
Entice me, and delight me,
Lure me into your secret lair,
Coax away my silly fears.
And then you smile, and drift away;
You'll save it for some other day,
You leave me laughing, go your way,
Tying my tail in knots.
Track Name: No One Gets It All
NO ONE GETS IT ALL
lyrics by Bliss Blood

Satiated sinking in your sweet domain
Waking to a distant and whispered call
Stirring to the echoes of a fractured song
Reflections fading, no one gets it all.

Sophisticated savage, unbend my spine
Mirror in the shadows beckoning to fall
Unfurling roses, unmasking silence
Asking for everything
No one gets it all.

Dying by the numbers, then transformed
Unchained from pain, now a living doll
Awoken from my slumbers, I'm informed
They all want me, no one gets it all.

Loosening the bonds of guilt and shame
Entering the sanctum of the strong and tall
Designated lucky, abundantly formed
They all need me, no one gets it all.
Track Name: Rustbelt
RUSTBELT by Bliss Blood

The junkyard glowers, piled high,
remnants of forgotten splendor
now tangled wreckage, broken glass glinting,
chrome in the crusher, bent with the pressure
I got a machine that can make it like new;
Let me show it off to you...

Scrap metal, pile it on, I'm gonna melt it down;
and it will shimmer as it burns.
That tired old chassis gonna gleam like new,
When I melt that rustbelt down.

Close the doors, tear out the engine,
Ease down the trunk and the hood,
Start at the fender 'til it's ready to render,
That old scrap metal gonna feel so good.
I got a machine that can make it like new;
Let me show it off to you!

Scrap metal, pile it on, I'm gonna melt it down;
and it will shimmer as it burns.
That tired old chassis gonna gleam like new,
When I melt that rustbelt down.
Track Name: Please Do (I Like It So Much)
PLEASE DO
lyrics by Bliss Blood

There's so little time, and knowing is so hard
It seems to take an eternity
Suddenly it's new, when you turn the card
Eternity is sweet for you and me.

The moment you accept, you start to understand
It's unconditional, and it feels so grand
Connected to the stars, and every moment shines
Life is so transparent, and we are both divine.

Tell me that I'm sweet, tell me that I'm fine,
And you get a hankering to feel my touch;
Every time we meet, tell me I'm sublime,
Please do, I like it so much!

Life is full of strain, disapproving eyes,
Taking you for granted, critical and such;
When you say my name, disaffection dies,
And I know for sure, you like me so much.

Tell me that I'm sweet, tell me that I'm fine,
And you get a hankering to feel my touch;
Every time we meet, tell me I'm sublime,
Please do, I like it so much!