Dear Blanca photo by AC Villavicencio
Dear Blanca have released their new song “Out of View” (listen to it below). The track is taken from the band’s upcoming sophomore album To Tell A Half-Truth, being released on September 16th.
Combining anecdotal musings and concise arrangements, Dear Blanca retrofits post-punk grit with wide ranging rhythmic feel. Led by Dylan Dickerson’s introspective warble and multi-voiced guitar lines, drummer Marc Coty and bassist Cam Powell sync to bridge obtuse folk ambling with taut grooves. The trio’s resilient musical energy lends a sense of cautious optimism, acting as an emotional life preserver that guides the listener through somber undertones.
2016 has been a busy year for the band. Between opening gigs for Bernie Sanders and Delta Spirit’s Matthew Logan Vasquez, Dear Blanca has embarked on two national tours, traded Instagram shout-outs with Killer Mike, filmed a pair of live sessions with BalconyTV Atlanta and recently appeared at the Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. This all follows the release of March’s widely-praised EP, I Don’t Mean to Dwell – recorded with NC producer Scott Solter (St. Vincent, the Mountain Goats).
If that weren’t enough- earlier this spring, the trio returned to the studio (this time with Charleston’s Wolfgang Zimmermann) and recorded their second album of 2016, To Tell A Half-Truth – set for release September 16th. A posthumous songwriting collaboration between Scott Crane (the uncle of Dear Blanca bassist Cam Powell) and lead singer/guitarist Dylan Dickerson, To Tell A Half-Truth is a stunningly poignant collection of music unlike anything the band has yet to offer. Inspired by a book of poetry written over the course of Crane’s last years (and only discovered after his death), Powell states “the resulting interpretation shows Dear Blanca exploring vintage sounds, staying true to Crane’s sense of writing to placate a broken heart and idle hands.”