It’s been four years since Blossoms broke through and provided us with hit singles like ‘Charlemagne’ and ‘I Can’t Stand It’. The music they released in 2018 had a range of influences, such as New Wave. I particularly liked it because it was recorded whilst they were touring for their first album. Their latest LP ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ had a lot to live up to, following amazing singles like ‘I Can’t Stand It’ and ‘There’s a Reason Why (I never returned your calls)’.
The band provides an aesthetic heavily influenced by the ‘70s. Although they are clearly also heavily influenced by bands like The Arctic Monkeys and Talking Heads. They make music that reflects their Manchester roots.
So, ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’, what’s the crack? I needed a little time to warm up to their new sound, particularly because I like the first track ‘If You Think This Is Real Life’ the least. However, once you get past the first track, it’s a lovely, well crafted album. It gives off quite a laid-back vibe, perfect for listening to whilst doing my university work.
I’m very glad the band seems to have gone back to their roots, making their latest LP familiar to those who have followed the band since their earlier years. By far, the best tracks are ‘The Keeper’ and ‘Oh No (I Think I’m in Love)’. Tom Ogden is clearly a very talented songwriter: his songs are full of fun and zing. Ogden’s songs are full of straight-up feelings, nothing complicated or difficult to relate to. Blossoms are providing us with stories of love, heartbreak, and confusion. I felt my head bopping along once I knew my way around the tracks, particularly to ‘Sunday Was a Friend of Mine’, but ‘The Keeper’ is by far my favourite song on the album as it’s the most upbeat track and makes me want to get on my feet and hop along to the piano within it.
I’m very excited to see them perform in the LCR on 7 March. Blossoms, I’m foolishly loving you.