Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Blossoms – I Can’t Stand It

Be kind to the environment. Recycle your indie, don’t put it in landfill.


Iain Mew: Surely the audience for careful but less-than-inspired Suede songs is already being served by the current incarnation of Suede?

Alfred Soto: Guitar bands that “chime” will always be among us, and it’s pointless to dislike them when you can ignore them and their singers’ admirable sincerity. I hope these blokes take their earnings and run for office as good liberals.

Cédric Le Merrer: I couldn’t pick this out of a lineup of 10 landfill indie songs to save my life.

Nortey Dowuona: Massive, glassy synths squash the slinking bass and flat, open drums beneath as Tom Ogden walks on top of the glass, stomping hard as if it might not break. But he stomps, since it will cut him up when he does break it.

Alex Clifton: I’m a sucker for catchy driven synthpop and this ticks all my boxes. It fades into the background after a while like a good dream, but it’s one that I like nonetheless.

Scott Mildenhall: The propulsion of incessance makes this easy to get stuck in the mind, but it’s a lot nicer a fixation than the one it depicts. Blossoms have shown themselves multiple times to be deft pop songwriters, and the inclusion of a middle 8 here is only the too-rare cherry on an artisan cake. Perhaps shimmering melodically isn’t something they can keep doing forever, but it’s a well that hasn’t run dry yet.

Edward Okulicz: This is low-stakes, low-risk synthy jangle. That means it’s tuneful and non-threatening to horrible, stuck-in-the-past tastemakers who are probably in their late 30s and think the 1990s was the best! time! ever! Probably created by committee to appeal to people like me, really.

Katherine St Asaph: I’d like this a lot more if the vocalist sounded more like Brett Anderson, which is a sentence I assume isn’t uttered much. But post-BBC Sound Of singles by rock bands have been a lot worse.

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