First Blush is the brainchild of Charles Sekel, a former Julliard pre-college program kid-turned-indie musician. Sekel’s music is a reflection of his battle to defeat a continuous cycle of self-destructive behavior stemming back nearly a decade.
From his college days as a classical/jazz musician at the Peabody Institute, Sekel struggled with alcohol abuse and panic attacks, and turned to original music to help with his mental health. Now completely sober thanks to the help of music, a good therapist, and assistance from his girlfriend (now wife), he was able to pull himself out of addiction and confidently release his solo venture.
Monologic is the debut LP from the NYC-based dreampop artist. These highly textured, synth-heavy tracks will engulf you with melancholy, nostalgia, and hope. Listen in full below.