The Copenhagen based pop wonders Blaue Blume return with a new EP - ‘Sobs’. The band formed around 6 years ago in a provincial Danish town, drawn to each other’s love for rich, playful music. Blaue Blume (blue ower) is the epitome of a romantic band, their songs are brimming with love and yearning.
Now ‘Sobs’, the follow up to their ‘Syzygy’ album in 2015, continues to build their reputation as a best kept secret, about to nd a whole new audience of devotees.
All four tracks for the EP were recorded in late 2016 in a three story villa, formerly owned by a religious cult. The band used the weird space away from the city to create a framework for the lyrics and the music.
The band explains: “Blaue Blume has been our band for about 6 years. In a bigger provincial town we started playing right out of highschool. At the moment we live in Copenhagen and every day we play, write and work on sounds. It’s sort of become a life project. In our heads we make music that is playful, rich in detail and popish or somewhat smiling. For some beautifully inexplicable reason we ended up doing music together. In a way it seems sacred or at least meaningful. Macabre is a happy song about being afraid of dying. Some of us nd that even the best life can be lonely sometimes. We found it interesting to address this taboo within the frame of a song that people could potentially dance or sing along to.”
Blaue Blume draw inspiration from the drama of The Smiths, the melodic structures of the Cocteau Twins, the complexity and dynamics of ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ by Genesis, the sensual ‘danciness’ of Roxy Music and the fateful tenderness of Nina Simone - to name but a few.
The opening track ‘Macabre’ - “a happy song about being afraid of dying” is a whimsical, misty electronic pop song with an anthemic edge and unexpected twists and turns.
‘Ebony’ presents an epic gentleness - beautifully crafted with a nod to 80s power ballads, yet perfectly contemporary.
‘Mayhem’ takes a more electronic direction, with an intricate arpeggiated guitar and a clever drum groove providing the backing for an emotive vocal.
‘Haven’t You’ brings the EP to a close, a beautiful lament, perfectly layering guitar, synth bass, shuffling drums and an exquisite, melancholic vocal. In the words of the band, music for staring out the window for hours, contemplating your world.