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REVIEW: Blossoms – ‘Blossoms’ (Virgin EMI)

blossoms_blossomsBlossoms have been busy blooming this year, with numerous sold out shows across the country as well as making it onto BBC’s Sound of New Music list at the start of 2016. The release of their self-titled debut album Blossoms earlier this week, at the peak of summer and festival season, is just the icing on the cake for the Stockport quintet, sending them into the mainstream headlights in their attempt to find fame and the culmination of two years’ worth of well-received singles and EPs.

Album opener ‘Charlemagne’ is an irrepressible track, bursting into life with its bouncy beat and singer Tom Ogden’s raspy siren call “hello hello” grabbing listeners’ attention. With its heavy bassline and synthy electro-pop hooks, it’s almost impossible to get out of your head, making it infinitely catchy and sure to put a smile on your face.

The catchy moments don’t stop there, with the likes of ‘Getaway’, a tuneful romance based ballad with cathartic singalong lyrics “I’m over you, you’re under me” providing a radio-friendly track hinting at the underlying sensitivity of the lads. ‘Blown Rose’ also touches on this sensitivity with its smooth swaying melody that makes you want to spin around in circles and vocals offering sugar with a bit of spite “lately it’s a lonely love I know”.

Possibly the most exciting track, ‘Onto Her Bed’ offers listeners a sound of Blossoms they are not familiar with. Purely piano and vocal based, there is a glacial nostalgic atmosphere, before the ice dissolves into a pool of poltergeist atmospherics, creating a mood that falls somewhere between sexual and foreboding, intensified by the early fade-outs.

Ending the album is ‘Blow’ and ‘Deep Grass’ delving into full psycho-electronic rock, demonstrating their ability as a band to flow through different styles with ease. Overall, Blossoms should be proud of their debut and the well-deserved exposure they receive from it, succeeding in producing well-turned-out melodies that are catchy and offer listeners pure enjoyment. (8/10)

Listen to Blossoms here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!

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