STOCKPORT quintet Blossoms have become regulars of ours over the last 18 months. Featuring over a year ago whilst still relatively fresh on the scene, leading them to become headliners of the launch of our music zine, Burn The Manual.

Latest EP, Blown Rose was recorded at Liverpool's Parr Street Studios featuring four tracks; the title track, Blown Rose, Madeleine, Smoke and Stormy - a track which would not be out of place on the soundtrack of indie cult film, Submarine.

Out of the four, two truly stand out from the crowd for me - Blown Rose and single-worthy cohort, Smoke. Blown Rose has a selection of inventive keys that tease a groovy bassline, caressing the seventies era. Nostalgic and summery, the chirpiest track Blossoms have put out to date.

Smoke however is on a totally different scale. Bubbling sexual innuendos meet reverb drenched guitars mid psych-trip, jerking back and forth fighting for control. Shimmer and shining all the way to its junked-up finale and is the strongest indication yet of the psychedelic wizardry Blossoms can conjure up.

'Blown Rose' EP by Blossoms is out now on Virgin EMI.

Words Jake Marley


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