By Justin Cudahy, Staff Writer
Key Tracks: “Blossom,” “Bad Things,” “Cocoon”
Blossom is Milky Chance’s sophomore LP, coming off the success of their breakthrough album Sadnecessary back in 2013. One of the things that made the German folk duo of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch so popular was their unique sound, combining several different genres and instruments to formulate a kind of style that is tough to describe using words. However, it is easy to say that LP number two is certainly a must-hear.
Before Blossom, listeners were subjected to a depressing, more melancholy side to Milky Chance, a theme that played a large role on Sadnecessary. The duo decided to take things in another direction this time, pushing to a more light-hearted, bittersweet sound which works in its own way.
The title track sets the bar high as the opening track here, re-familiarizing fans with what makes Milky Chance’s music so good in the first place. The track mixes in elements of folk, electronica and soul to create a relaxing, positive song about motivation and self-confidence. Rehbein’s signature raspy yet soothing voice drives forward the song here, and even though there are some parts that are hard to understand what he’s saying (due to his German dialect), it all just adds to the charm.
For the most part, Milky Chance is able to maintain that excitement and momentum coming off the opening track for the rest of the album. There are some fantastic tracks on the LP that will have listeners revisiting to once they go through the whole thing once. Songs such as “Firebird,” “Cocoon” and “Doing Good” showcases the duo at their most creative, making them clear standouts.
Blossom, for the most part, is a monotonous album. It’s not that each track isn’t unique in its own way, but rather that the music doesn’t stray far from the same themes and experimentation in sound. It isn’t until about 30 minutes do we see, for the first time, a guest artist featured on a studio album of theirs. “Bad Things” features singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu on the track, making it one of the best songs on the whole album. It’s refreshing to hear a voice other than Rehbein’s for once and makes you wish that they collaborated with other artists more often.
It’s often difficult for artists to find success in their second LP following a breakthrough, especially for a group like Milky Chance, who were met with even higher expectations than usual coming into this. However, it’s no surprise to see that the duo was able to live up to the excitement and hype with Blossom, setting themselves up for more future success.