Blossoms have shared their brand new single, ‘The Sulking Poet’.
The new track comes alongside a video directed by Edwin Burdis, Arctic Monkeys’ Creative Director, who worked on the band’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ and ‘AM’ albums.
Speaking about ‘The Sulking Poet’, frontman Tom Ogden explains: “I once saw a Blossoms fan page describe me as ‘The Sulking Poet’ and I thought that was a great name for a song. I have been told that I need to smile more from time to time. This song touches on the imposter syndrome I’ve sometimes felt in the past. How did I get here? Do I deserve it? Should I be enjoying myself more?”
The track is taken from the band’s new album ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’, set to arrive on 29th April. It follows up on the album’s 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