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EDITORS’ NOTES

A sunburst of imaginative, melodic indie that refuses to stay still. From “Charlemagne”’s bombastic synths to the giddy dancefloor pomp of “Texia”, via singer Tom Ogden drawing on the “stately homes of England” for “Blown Rose”, the Stockport five-piece’s debut is a dazzlingly confident beast. Like contemporaries The 1975, Blossoms appreciate the value of a deeply catchy pop hook. Muddled with their ‘70s psych-rock sensibilities, they’ve hatched quite the potent sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sunburst of imaginative, melodic indie that refuses to stay still. From “Charlemagne”’s bombastic synths to the giddy dancefloor pomp of “Texia”, via singer Tom Ogden drawing on the “stately homes of England” for “Blown Rose”, the Stockport five-piece’s debut is a dazzlingly confident beast. Like contemporaries The 1975, Blossoms appreciate the value of a deeply catchy pop hook. Muddled with their ‘70s psych-rock sensibilities, they’ve hatched quite the potent sound.

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About Blossoms

British quintet Blossoms formed in Stockport, a town just outside of Manchester, England, in 2013. Started by school chums Tom Ogden (vocals, guitar) and Joe Donovan (drums), the band later incorporated Charlie Salt (bass, vocals), Josh Dewhurst (guitar), and Myles Kellock (keyboards, vocals). Their sound was pigeonholed as psych-pop, which the band didn't like; rather, they hit a sweet spot between the Doors and Arctic Monkeys, combining a knack for classic pop songwriting and moody organ atmospherics with a youthful energy. Ogden's delivery occupied the space between Richard Ashcroft (the Verve) and Alex Turner, of the aforementioned Monkeys, as the band slithered from spooky, groovy warmth to peppy Brit-pop. Debut single "You Pulled a Gun on Me" was a fine example of this combination, and the band continued to develop on subsequent singles "Blow" and "Cut Me and I'll Bleed." 2015 saw the release of two EPs -- Blown Rose and Charlemagne. As the band gained exposure, they released another EP, At Most a Kiss, in February 2016. The four-song set featured some new elements, including synths and a more driving urgency. A month later, Blossoms revealed plans for their debut full-length. The self-titled album was released in summer 2016, preceded by single "Getaway." Months later, they bolstered the effort with an extended edition that included ten additional songs. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

  • ORIGIN
    Stockport, Lancashire, England
  • GENRE
    Alternative
  • FORMED
    2013

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