“Beach Boys-esque poppy vocals” blended with “his love for new wave,” says Glide Magazine. See lyric videos for “Lost & Found,” “Let It Go”.
Terry Borden of Blesson Roy as photographed by Ankhurr Chawaak
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“Beautifully realized... He creates spry jangling wonders of power pop theatricality, mixing the beach-y vibes of the Beach Boys with Big Star’s vibrant melodies,” says Beats Per Minute in its premiere coverage of the lyric video for “Lost & Found” by Blesson Roy. See it here or at the link below!
“Like most of ‘Time Is A Crime,’ Blesson Roy encapsulates a natural course of emotion that allows the listener to feel a deep connection to Borden’s wistful vocals,” says Ghettoblaster Magazine in its premiere coverage of the lyric video for “Let It Go” by Blesson Roy. See it here or at the link below!
Blesson Roy | In The Press
“Dreamy and earthy... always with heartfelt emotion.” — The Big Takeover
“A child of the 1970s, whose love of AM pop radio has served him well... may be setting the pace for a new sound in a new decade.” — PopMatters
“Borden’s California connection is apparent in the sunny, Beach Boys-esque poppy vocals. An entirely new musical sound.” — Glide Magazine
“Time Is A Crime” EP
(Slow Start Records)
01. In Tune With The Moon (LYRIC VIDEO)
02. Let It Go (LYRIC VIDEO)
03. Lost & Found (LYRIC VIDEO)
05. Walk This Mile
Blesson Roy | About
Life-long “music lover and music doer,” Terry Borden is a child of 1970’s California whose early love of AM radio and his brother’s record collection has led him to numerous career highlights that are still accumulating.
These include: Kind words from Lou Reed, two appearances on David Letterman, guitar hangs with Radiohead, and 250-plus tour dates a year throughout early 2000s as a member of slowcore pioneers Idaho and singer-songwriter Pete Yorn’s backing band Dirty Bird.
Coming of age in Los Angeles during the early 1990’s rise of punk and new wave, Borden’s long and varied career as a studio and touring musician culminates with the release of his own dreamy pop project in 2020. Blesson Roy’s five-song “Time Is A Crime” EP is out now.
Owing to Borden’s stint living and working in the UK where he was influenced by the burgeoning sounds of sub-cultural labels such as 4AD, Creation, Factory and Rough Trade, the music of Blesson Roy will undoubtedly please fans of all these sounds.
Borden brings real roots song craft to his work, as well, showing that his recent years away from the music industry, but not away from songwriting, have only served to develop his abilities and technique, as Borden masterfully performs all of the instruments on the new tracks himself.
After Borden’s run with Idaho came to an end, he signed with Dave Allen of Gang of Four’s World Domination label as Flotilla, releasing one critically praised album, and while the label eventually folded, the record found some important ears, including those of Yorn.
When Yorn was looking for a touring guitarist, Borden got the gig, eventually switched to his beloved bass and spent another four years out on the road. Then, during a break in touring, Borden decided to make the down time indefinite.
“After a decade-long ride, I took a long time off and away from music and the music business,” he says. “I needed to take a hard look at my life, to clean up some existential messes, and change some unhealthy habits.” Now, revitalized and energized, Borden is continuing to create, write and record music for himself again.
Blesson Roy’s five-song “Time Is A Crime” EP is out now via Slow Start Records. Terry Borden is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Blesson Roy | Links
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