WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM BLOSSOMS – TO DO LIST (AFTER THE BREAKUP) [FEAT. FINDLAY]
Three number-one albums, five top 10 charting albums and they’re back, Blossoms return with their sonically magical new single, After The Breakup. The Stockport five-piece has had one of the most consistent runs of any indie rock band. The group returns with their first new song in 2023, accompanied by singer Findlay, to let you know what happens After The Breakup.
The track kicks in with the classic Blossoms sound. There are dancing synth-esc guitars that have been customary to their sound since Charlemagne. There are galloping drums and ringing acoustic rhythms that merge into the soothingly melting vocals from frontman Tom.
The addition of Findlay gives new taste and class to Blossoms’ sound and resonates warmly with their enchanting established sound. It practically gives you tones and pitches you didn’t know you needed in the Blossoms’ discography. It’s like when Manics joined forces with Nina Persson (The Cardigans) for their 2007 song, Your Love Alone Is Not Enough.
The track is dancey with drum patterns that sway you into the 80s-styling guitar leads. It’s a positive first single from what is hopefully a fifth studio album. The track itself is inspired by a poem by Rupi Kaur which has the same title. The poem is powerful in how it fights itself with emotions as one does following a breakup.
Whilst the music is so positive, the lyrics deal with heartbreak, and that in itself reflects well with the writing of Rupi Kaur. The band stated that the inception of the track felt like a duet. Accompanying Findlay made for the perfect platform to tackle the lyrical themes and subject.
To Do List (After The Breakup) is a great expansion in the band’s growing catalog of songs. It is also a wonderful homage to love and the Manchester bands of the 80s and early 90s. Sonically it is a wonderfully steady indie track that hooks you in from the start. Blossoms fans will love this song.
The group saw major success at this year’s Glastonbury Festival seeing the group join up with Rick Astley once more and deliver a firey set of Smiths covers. It’s a recording we’re all crying out for to be made, but in the meantime, we are loving the new releases by the band themselves.