Stockport’s Blossoms have announced the details of their second album ‘Cool Like You’. Released through Virgin EMI on the 27th April, ‘Cool Like You’ is the follow up to the band’s number 1, Mercury Prize nominated debut ‘Blossoms’.
The band have also shared the first new music from the album, the infectious, synth led ‘I Can’t Stand It’, a song inspired in part by Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The band’s frontman Tom Ogden explains:
“It’s a song about desperately wanting to forget about someone, but you can’t because they’re a part of you – and how that can be unbearable. Spotless Mind is about wanting to erase someone from your thoughts – to forget they even existed – and that feeds into the lyrics. It’s a very literal song in many ways.”
That emotional honesty is one of the defining themes of ‘Cool Like You’ and a symbol for the lyrical progression in Ogden’s songwriting.
“I used to hide behind grand metaphors a bit, as with Charlemagne, which was about worshipping someone. But now I feel more comfortable being really personal and literal. I think people relate to it.”
A definite sonic development from their previous LP, ‘Cool Like You’ sees Blossoms embrace the more electronic, synth led aspects of their widescreen sound. The album’s opening track, ‘There’s A Reason Why’ shimmers and pulses, while title track ‘Cool Like You’ and ‘How Long Will This Last?’ both tap into the unabashed sensitivity at the heart of the record.
Since forming in 2013, Blossoms have enjoyed consistent success. Their 2016 debut full length topped the album charts and went on to earn the band Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominations to add to a series of magazine covers and poll nominations.
The band will be undertaking a UK tour in May in support of the record, including a hometown show on the 4th May at Stockport Plaza and the Manchester O2 Apollo on the 11th