LP Edition of 300 Includes Download / Poster Insert. Bandcamp
1st Pressing – Black Vinyl – Out of Print.
2nd Pressing – Neon Magenta Vinyl – Out Of Print.
Wow! Great new LP by the full trio version of Maine’s Big Blood. Colleen, Caleb and Quinnisa are all present and accounted for at every turn on this one!
Unlike their last LP, The Daughter’s Union (FTR 459) (which seemed like some sort of experiment involving glam-rock-readymades), Do You Wanna? is awash with crazily re-imagined girl group dynamics. Some of these tight-sparkly-dress recreations have a savage teenage authority, but others wiggle more like dreams stolen from the nodes of Julee Cruise, Angelo Badalmanetti or David Lynch. Sometimes there are style-ghosts standing in all the expected places, but none of them are behaving the way we’d expect.
But I do not wish to paint the sound here as monochromatic. There are many of Big Blood’s classic elements employed with trademark pluck — witchy patches recalling early Spires That in the Sunset Rise, small balloons filled with glitter & gas-pulses, bubbling pools of pure psychedelic confusion. But the strange sophistication of children wearing Diana Ross masks is something new. And it’s such a mesmerizing vision, I find myself paying extra attention to it.
But then again, that’s just the surface. The lyrics here are of a piece with Big Blood’s patented approach of creating surrealist poetry in a rural and arrestingly original American style. Quinissa’s newly rampant influence seems to be grounding some of the lyrical imagery in more quotidian scenes (”Insecure Kids,” etc.), but with the parental examples she’s afforded on a daily basis, this may just be a phase. But whatever else it is, Do You Wanna? is another amazing spin from Big Blood. And there’s even a poster you can pin on your memory board. Talk about your win/win situations!
-Byron Coley, 2020