Blossoms are dropping their next single later today (24th March).
The track is titled ‘The Sulking Poet’, and is described by frontman Tom Ogden in a video posted to social media as sounding like “Dire Straits meets George Michael meets Simon and Garfunkel”.
The title of the track comes from a Blossoms fan page, which referred to Ogden as ‘the sulking poet’ – something the frontman found funny enough to include in a song.
The track will be the latest taster of the band’s new album ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’, which is set for release on 29th April. In terms of previews of the record, we’ve already heard the title track, plus further singles ‘Ode To NYC’ and ‘Care For’.
Speaking about the new album, Ogden explains: ‘While on tour in 2019 in Mexico, I visited Frida Kahlo’s house. Looking at her paintings on show, someone had described one of them as being like a ‘ribbon around a bomb’. I immediately thought that it was a great title for a song and album because of the imagery that it evoked in my mind. I thought about how lots of things in life could be described as being a ribbon around a bomb in the sense that as people we often dress things up which have a darkness lying beneath them’.
The album is produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey and revolves around a central character ‘The Writer’. Ogden expands: ‘The more songs I wrote, the more I realised that the writer referenced in the songs was in fact me. Having been so busy for the past eight years I and the band have never really had the chance to step back and reflect on what we’ve achieved. You’re so focused on the future; write the next album then tour. Your life is usually mapped out at least two years in advance’.
Blossoms are playing a series of live shows in the UK this summer, including headline appearances at Y Not? and Truck Festival.
Ribbon Around The Bomb’ tracklist:
The Writer’s Theme
Ode To NYC
Ribbon Around The Bomb
The Sulking Poet
Everything About You
Cinerama Holy Days
The Last Chapter