BLESSED resists binaries. The Western Sydney guitarist, producer, singer, songwriter and rapper, born Blessed Samuel Joe-Andah, came up in the same crew that birthed local legends Manu Crook$ and The Kid Laroi, and yet his music resists definition, at times owing more to Sydney’s rich history of indie-pop than its gestating rap scene. A self-described “fashion favorite,” his music is appropriately glamorous, carrying the same high-gloss patina of classic-era Kid Cudi.
Today, The FADER is premiering “Something To Believe In,” BLESSED’s latest single. Hewing closer to rock music than much of what BLESSED has released thus far, “Something To Believe In” is a dynamic reinterpretation of emo-rock.
“This song manifested while I was away writing in Smith’s Lake, NSW, the week that all the BLM protests were going on around Australia & the world. It must have been that subconscious feeling and energy that moved me and inspired the track, as I actually had my phone off the entire week so wasn’t seeing it all unfold in the outside world,” BLESSED tells The FADER via email. “The lyric video illustrates this aspect and contextualises it within this global movement, but this song — as with all my songs — is not just about one specific thing. It’s open to interpretation and, hopefully, everyone can extract their own meaning from it.”
Listen to “Something To Believe In” above.