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Blossoms – Cut Me And I’ll Bleed

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Stockport newcomers Blossoms follow up the effortlessly memorable debut single ‘Blow’ with ‘Cut Me And I’ll Bleed’, yet another slice of self-assured tripped out pysch-pop.

Blossoms have gained a lot of hype in a relatively short space of time. My last encounter of them was seeing them play Yellow Arch studios in Sheffield to an audience of no more than fifteen (including bar staff). The band appeared undeterred by this as they delivered a set full of swaggering, hypnotic and psychedelic pop gems that left a lasting impression.

They went on to release the sold out EP Bloom that featured the haunting yet dazzling guitar pop of ‘You Pulled A Gun On Me’, an NME and XFM favourite. Debut single ‘Blow’ was draped in 60’s and 70’s harmonies, with a kaleidoscope of shimmering guitar tones, swirling Hammond keys and crooning vocals.

‘Cut Me And I’ll Bleed’ was the second single to be released on The Coral’s James Skelly’s record label, Skeleton Key Records. Much like their debut single ‘Blow’, it sits upon a psychedelic glow of nostalgia with a merseybeat consciousness. Capturing the groove of The Doors and the melodies of Echo And The Bunnymen. The augmented guitar sweeps, evocative keys and breezy yet versatile vocals sit fixated upon a relentlessly grooving rhythm section, all theatrically played in the mist of an generously used smoke machine.

Blossoms proved to be ahead of their years when it came to putting the “pop melodies and melodic hooks in all the right places” on debut single ‘Blow’. ‘Cut Me And I’ll Bleed’ shows further confidence, identity and mystique.

[Rating:3.5]

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