MUSIC REVIEW: Blunda, “Surrender”

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You’ve probably never heard of Andy Blunda, but I guarantee you’d recognize his work. Lately, he’s been a mainstay in the television world, composing scores and themes for hot reality shows like Showtime’s PolyamoryStorage Wars, and American Hoggers. His roots, though, lie in classical training and serving as a sideman in a number of ’90s and 2000s outfits, including one of my favorite bands of the era, Fastball.

Now, Blunda is expanding his solo repertoire after releasing his second EP, Messages, last year. “Surrender” finds him pouring his heart and soul out within his North Hollywood home studio, channeling his inner demons into a song that’s both ethereal and tinged with a rock backbone. One can almost hear the catharsis as the song progresses, Blunda’s multi-instrumental background allowing him to mastermind most of the arrangement (though he’s joined here by Luke Adams).

Yet, for all of its dreamlike qualities, there’s something universal and attractive about “Surrender” that, for sure, leaves the listener wanting more. Hopefully, we’ll get it.

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