This Blossoms article was written by Natalie Whitehouse, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Adam Barrett
Mancunian psyche-pop band Blossoms have certainly grown quickly in their two years together. With a captivating sound that oozes exceptional talent; the Stockport five-piece, lead by Tom Ogden, have made great strides, and quite rightfully being labelled as one of the bands to watch in 2016.
Following on from their successful ‘Blown Rose’ EP, the end of October saw Blossoms present another stunning release in the form of ‘Charlemagne’ EP which is sure to leave fans chomping at the bit for more of what Ogden and co. have to offer.
Lead single ‘Charlemagne’ kicks the EP off in superb fashion. Possibly Blossoms’ best, most polished release thus far, the track includes some impressive guitar riffs alongside Ogden’s purring lyrics, which creates a track worthy of airplay a plenty.
The rest of the EP continues in the same impressive vein. ‘Across the Moor’ takes the baton from the opener, and drives the EP forward with a steady, persistent drumbeat, while backing vocals and finger clicks continues the upbeat president set in the opening track.
That comes just before ‘Polka Dot Bones’ takes Blossoms and the EP to a much darker place; “I’ve got a thing for my crystal girl,” croons Ogden. Superbly dark guitar and persistent drumming goes hand in hand with the repeated refrain of “polka dot bones/See the pretty faces sit alone,” to create a haunting climax.
Leaving no stone unturned, the band drop the tempo altogether and finish the EP with the stunning ‘For Evelyn,’ a beautifully written and produced piano-lead track, completely different from the other three tracks and superbly stripped back of all production and hard-hitting instrumentals.
Indeed, on all four tracks Blossoms showcase their superb talent, from high tempo guitar-fuelled tracks to the elegant EP closer; it is sure to cement Blossoms as one of the best up and coming bands around.
‘Charlemagne’ EP is out now via Virgin EMI Records.