blét (pronounced “blay”) is an atmospheric, indie rock outfit hailing from Lincoln, NE. their latest album, Suddenly Able to See in the Dark, shows the band venturing into new depths and landscapes of their layered sound, trying to incorporate tried-and-true sensibilities of classic songwriting into dreamy compositions of modern pop/rock.
initially a three-piece, formed from the shared experience of traveling the same endless highways across their home state, the band’s founding members (Spencer McCoy, Cole Keeton, Joe Kozal) found their songwriting ambitions had outgrown their original minimalist arrangement. in 2016, they recruited long-time friend Alex Durrant to take on full-time drumming responsibilities, bringing added rhythmic complexity and drive to their already vast, melodic sound.
Suddenly Able to See in the Dark is an inflection point. as blét have matured musically and personally, the songs themselves are looking back to the past, examining how time reshapes landscapes, relationships, and memories. the words and sounds of each song are not only signifiers – attempts to capture specific experiences, but also inquiries into how we come to terms with the former versions of ourselves and our environments. should we lament or celebrate in finding these settings to be less recognizable than they once were? is it foolish to put so much faith in our recollections in the first place?
blét is a sound with no meaning, a placeholder for the unnamable sum of its parts. it is a day spent driving across a prairie without seeing its end or beginning. it is in this introspective space that the band finds its inspiration and where they hope to bring listeners.
Suddenly Able to See in the Dark was produced by blét and Jeremy Wurst of Coyote Face Recording. Engineered and Mixed by Jeremy Wurst at Flat Black Studios in Iowa City, IA and Hillside Studios in Lincoln, NE. Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering in Seattle, WA.
SHARED STAGES WITH:
Ages and Ages
Christopher the Conquered
Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery
“With “Suddenly Able to See in the Dark,” blét has crafted an album of atmospheric dream pop that’s as wide open as the Sandhills that are name-dropped in the third song on the smartly assembled 11-track album that drifts from song to song. Some of them are livelier, others more hushed, but all find the shimmering, melodic guitars and keyboards of Spencer McCoy, Cole Keeton and Joe Kozal creating an enveloping atmosphere that is prevented from floating away by the drums of Alex Durrant.” – L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star
“Strong throughout the course of blét’s catalogue is a sense of place, this time navigating Greater Nebraska’s rolling hills and two-lane highways as its narrators navigate the twists and turns of personal relationships. Emotional high points, signaled by depthful vocal harmonies, are nailed home by Keeton’s signature blues riffs, pushing through the swirling atmosphere bolstered by McCoy’s sparkling keyboard work. Clever wordplay again nods to their literary proclivities, lending both rhythmic and aesthetic qualities.” – Andrew Stellmon, KZUM.org
“Since the addition of drummer Alex Durrant last fall, the band has transitioned from trudging floor tom-snare beats to Durrant’s ceaseless drum builds and polyrhythmic denouements. Without the responsibility of partially focusing on percussion, Kozal, Keeton and McCoy were able to concentrate on weaving their melodies and guitar flourishes, shaping a lush landscape of guitar delay and piano chords. With Keeton’s and Kozal’s intricate guitar interplay, McCoy’s deep piano rhythms and Durrant’s ferocious build-ups and crashes, it seemed that the band’s performance provided each member an emotional release.” – Sam Crisler, HearNebraska.org