Indie-pop quintet Blossoms from fuse synth with early 2000s Brit pop and rock inspirations to create a chilled out signature sound of electronic music. Simply put, they’re a band all about spreading ‘good vibes’, and this has never been more true than on their third LP, ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’.
Picture a neon flooded flashback to an 80s fun fair, and the backing track to this fantasy would be something like ‘If You Think This Is Real Life’. The LP’s lead track is fun and catchy with its heavy use of synth musical effects, playful drum beat, and punchy broken up pronunciation of the repetitive chorus. The track works as an intro to the record, but quickly becomes repetitive with the chorus looping round a few too many times, and that catchy chorus soon becomes an annoying thing that’s stuck in your skull, which no track that follows is able to dislodge.
Shifting towards more of a funk sound with a lead bass guitar riff, ‘Your Girlfriend’ takes it down a notch. The first of many songs surrounding romantic themes on this record, this track is the opposite of the opening one as it doesn’t seem to have any memorable components to it and very easily fades into the background as easy listening music.
The best elements of this album come together on ‘Oh No (I Think I’m In Love)’. With a sound that’s calming yet musically experimental and a chorus that is catchy, this track shows Blossoms at their brightest, delivering dance-y jams sent from another era to a modern world. ‘Romance Eh?’ continues this by building in more prominent classic guitar roots within the record, and is a great example of lead vocalist Tom Ogden‘s soft and soothing voice being used for a fun pop romance sound.
Laying electronic sounds over a grungy beat, ‘Like Gravity’ puts the record to rest with its calm yet fast-paced driving music vibes, before ending on a strange note with the final few minutes of the song and album featuring distant heavily distorted vocals that sound almost ghostly, before the sounds and voices dissipate into a dying electrical note. This doesn’t fit with any theme in the album, and while clearly signals a finishing point feels out of place.
Blossoms have put together a diverse record in ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ that comes together as a blend of music from the past three decades. Whilst an interesting listen with some fun stand out tracks, the majority of the album feels like rom-com background music. Whilst not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a desired taste and you very much need to be in a certain mode and mind set.
Unless the the sun is shining and you’re feeling all hearts and butterflies, ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ can be a bit of a difficult record to take in.