Blossoms’ Cool Like You - What You Need To Know
Mancunian fivesome Blossoms have never enjoyed much fanfare, but over the course of their short career, they’ve quickly gone from playing pubs to selling out venues with capacities in the many thousands.
Now back with a second full-length Cool Like You, which lands on shelves today (you can purchase it here in hmv’s online store), they’re aiming for even bigger things. Here’s everything you need to know about their second LP...
What’s the background?
It wouldn’t be fair to say that Blossoms’ success with their self-titled debut album took everybody by surprise, they’d been widely tipped and had released a steady stream of hit singles across 2016, especially super earworm ‘Charlemagne’. But, when their album shot straight to Number One and quickly shifted over 100,000 copies in the UK alone, it moved things to a whole different level.
Now they return with a second helping...
It’s a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fit in this regard. The band have reunited with The Coral frontman James Skelly and his regular collaborator Rich Turvey for production duties.
Any special guests?
Nope. Just the band themselves.
What does it sound like?
This album sees the band fully embracing the power of electronica, with keyboards pushed to the fore, especially on tracks like ‘There's A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’. They’ve talked up an 80s influence in interviews around the album and you can clearly hear that, with the Day-Glo electronics and bouncy melodies of Prefab Sprout, Pet Shop Boys and New Order all on show.
It’s an album with a wider soundscape and bigger ambitions, the choruses are bigger and the production smoother. The key influences from the first album, in particular, The Stone Roses and Oasis, have taken a backseat, with the electronics and the powerpop turned right up.
Does it deliver?
Big ideas, bigger choruses and much bigger expectations. This is less laddish indie and more reaching for the skies. And it sounds great...