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Milky Chance ‘Blossom’ Review
Did someone say new Milky Chance? Blossom drops today and we’re here to give you our thoughts on the German duo’s sophomore outing!
It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch.
Two years on the road, away from friends and new additions to the family, including Dausch bringing a daughter into the world, has all helped define who Milky Chance are in their 2017 release. The overall vibe of Blossom is a refinement what you’ve come to expect with heaps of feel good, catchy pieces from the pair out of Kassel.
Rehbein dedicates the album and title track “Blossom” to his daughter. The recurring motif of growth and maturation can be heard all throughout the album, particularly when the first track finally fades in, it blooms with a sweeping sample of their staple electronic infused indie folk, giving us that memorable sound we all know and adore.
If you don’t already feel like you’re riding a giant cloud of good vibes, “Ego” will get you bouncing, and better yet “Firebird” will have you literally swaying through the sky with jovial string arrangements and dense, determined lyrics.
“Doing Good” takes a slightly more serious turn. The band plays off the notion of feeling less than good and protecting your emotions under the guise that you’re feeling good or fine. It’s an introspective piece, driving home feelings of potential isolation, not being grounded while touring and trying to find a balance in life.
There are a number of new elements and worldly instruments present in the album, including conga drums, Spanish guitars and backing voices chanting through “Clouds”. The carefully arranged and distinctly European sound is ever so present throughout Blossom.
Rehbein strips these elements back with an intimate ballad in “Stay” leaving his raspy vocals and acoustic guitar to duel, with similarly fantastic results in the beautiful key stroker, “Piano Song”.
The lovely Izzy Bizu jumps in for a feature mid-album, flipping the formula with an almost poppy electronic jam “Bad Things” and of course their staple “Cocoon” completes the circle of where Milky Chance have come from with tighter, refined sounds.
Milky Chance have grown up in the three years since 2014’s Sadnecessary. You get older, find love, have children. Life happens. Blossom tries new ideas without forgetting what made them so great in the first place and is met with resounding success.
You’re going to absolutely love the new album! Blossom is a crowd pleaser that’ll have GTM fans chanting from beginning to end.
Blossom is available now on Spotify, so check it out!