Single Review – Blossoms – Getaway

Another year and another hyped British band is being lavished with praise before they’ve even got going with music that is nothing special. This isn’t Catfish and the Bottlemen or The 1975, but it is the Stockport quintet Blossoms. Now, though the early comparisons to other throw away hipster troupes seem legitimate, I think Blossoms will soon prove the sceptics (I was one) wrong. They are grounded and not afraid of their desire to write ‘good pop tunes’. Beyond that, they have already suggested that whilst they may be lacking in musical substance, they more than make up for that in pop sensibility and flair. Their early singles have actually been deceptively varied with Pop, Garage and electronic elements. With their new single ‘Getaway’, they keep up the trend with a Killers-esque piece of power Pop. It contains sweeping electronica, steady rhythms and the wistful overtures of a hopeless romantic. The song lifts itself with each burst of the chorus, but never goes too far or parodies itself. They leave plenty of open space on the track for the sounds to feed into and has easy hooks and melodies. It is by no means a game-changer, but it shows that for once there is a solid group behind the solid hype.

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Blossoms – At Most A Kiss

 

As results of the BBC Sound of 2016 arrived back in November one act stood out, a Stockport five piece with long hair, leather jackets and guitars. That band is Blossoms, rising stars hailing from Stockport who’s new single ‘At Most A Kiss’ is taken from their new EP of the same name. Alongside being nominated for BBC Sound of 2016 the band have picked up other notable nominations – Spotify’s Spotlight on 2016, MTV Brand New for 2016, iTunes/Apple Music New Artists 2016.

At Most A Kiss is an emphatic, fast paced track, with touches of synths added in for good measure and sees Blossoms channel their unique pop-rock sound. The shimmering synths and crashing drums coming together to make an excellent pop-rock track that would fit perfectly on the radio. Accompanying these are singer Tom Ogden’s unmistakable vocals, piercing through the track adding a slightly more conventional indie sound to the track. The catchy bass line adding a low slung punch to the track underneath the glittering synths and sharp guitars, pushing the track forward.

 

Matthew Kay