“…a wounded songbird exorcising his broken heart over classic, confessional pop. These songs are embroidered with funereal horns, wheezing organs and sorrowful strings, but the key element is Blakeslee’s plangent vibrato vocal…. Sweetest of the bunch is ‘Blue Butterfly,’ an acid-dipped, introspective lullaby soaked in New Orleans ambience.” – MOJO
“Guy Blakeslee channels Leonard Cohen and coincidental moments in time on ‘Postcards From The Edge'” – American Songwriter
What if Rimbaud met Roy Orbison, on acid in a room full of synthesizers, after a late night wander through the haunted streets of New Orleans? Is getting lost the only way to ever be found? At what point does the hero’s journey become a fool’s errand?
Nearly two decades into a lifer’s voyage of shapeshifting through shadowy realms of the American underground, Guy Blakeslee, poses these and other conundrums on his dramatic new album, Postcards From The Edge (Entrance Records). Recorded in New Orleans at the house studio of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with former Sonic Ranch engineer and producer, Enrique TenaPadilla (Oh Sees, Wand), and featuring appearances from singers Lael Neale, Hale May, Rachel Fannan, and drummer Derek James of The Entrance Band, Postcards From The Edge is electrified by the spirit of sonic experimentation, and the fervent desire to chart a map into unknown territory. Across the record’s seven tracks, Blakeslee’s questing lyrics teem with stormy emotion, his plaintive voice finding succor in richly-textured melodies that soar over lushly-produced soundscapes, always on the verge of collapse.
Perhaps best known as the upside-down, guitar-wielding frontman of psych-legends The Entrance Band, and solo albums released under the ENTRANCE moniker, notably 2004’s country blues epic Wandering Stranger (Fat Possum), 2006’s self-released cult classic, Prayer of Death (which led to the formation of The Entrance Band), and most recently 2017’s Book of Changes (Thrill Jockey), Blakeslee has typically used his own name to release his most experimental and confounding records. Postcards From The Edge is no exception.
A wandering soul who has spent the better part of his musical life on the road, Blakeslee, a Baltimore native and LA transplant currently residing in the wilds of Virginia, has supported the likes of Spiritualized, Beach House, Cat Power, Mazzy Star, Interpol, and Father John Misty to name a few. (read more from Blakeslee on the album in the download folder)