With all the activity around Blessure Grave, who – alongside Zola Jesus and others who are conveniently tagged as minimal synth neo-wave – have managed to put out a vastly strewn body of work within just a few months, it might be a good idea to put two things straight: Yes, Blessure Grave’s take on the more sinister side of wave (Killing Joke, The Cure) is well worth listening to. In fact, Blessure Grave may be the one act I’ve listened to most over the last months. But no, they’re unlikely to change anyone’s perspective on music, past or present. Rather, I’d argue, the San Diego band (that has grown out of the duo of T. Graves and Reyna Kay) are crafted interior designers working within an already well-established sound-niche.
“Judged By 12, Carried By 6” provides further testimony of Blessure Grave’s ability to write songs that stick immediately. Listen to this album for the second time and you’ll find yourself so familiar with the tracks and you’ll be checking whether some of the tracks have already been released before – and in fact, “In the First Place” is out as a 7” on Italy’s Holidays label whereas “Stop Breathing” also featured on last year’s “Learn to Love the Rope” ep on Captured Tracks.
Judging from their upcoming releases list, Blessure Grave are still on the roll, what with half a dozen releases lined-up. Some of these are singles again, which might actually be the format that suits them best. There can be little doubt that Blessure Grave are more than just a retro phenomenon – just what, however, isn’t quite clear to me. As long as I like what I’m hearing, though, I manage not to ask such questions. Rather, I’ll continue to get my hands on anything by Blessure Grave I can get. Those new to the band will find this album an excellent starting point. 7/10 -- Jan-Arne Sohns (7 April, 2010)