When you break down Milky Chance, you get the German trio Clemens Rehbein, Philipp Dausch and Antonio Greger who undoubtedly can be remembered for their huge track “Stolen Dance” back in 2013. Back then, they were presented as a duo but since then, they’ve taken on another member and here we are four years later with Blossom. Can we just say… Thank you?
“Blossom” is the perfect title to describe how Milky Chance have literally blossomed out of that one-hit wonder phase. No offense, “Stole Dance.” I’ll still dance to you when the radio plays but you’d probably have to move over soon with all these new tracks that are perfect for the whole summer playlists that’ll be put together pretty soon.
The album opens with the title of their album “Blossom” which sets the mood and pace. Not sure how many times the word “Blossom” was mentioned in the song but as I mentioned earlier, it’s not a bad way to tell anyone listening, “Hey, we changed over the last few years. Give our new music a listen.” “Ego” is the perfect petty song, IMO. It’s the basic tug-o-war between a couple deciding not to be the first to contact the other due to pride. Also, shout out to Milky Chance for giving a shout out on their end to Half Moon Bay which, I’m going to assume, where the song was written.
“Clouds” does a great job of making you feel like you’re in a movie. In the first few seconds, you hear the sound of an open marketplace and a few minutes later, the song consists of toe tapping, finger snapping moments where you just can’t help but get up and dance. “Cold Blue Rain” would have to be the wildcard out of the bunch being that it’s definitely a slower tempo than the rest with a much bigger bluesy feel to it. “Bad Things” featuring Izzy Bizu, an Ethiopian-English singer-songwriter, brings a beautiful vocal collaboration between Clemens and Izzy singing about how being with someone you care about eases all the bad things/pain versus being alone.
The last track “Heartless” seems like a waste of a song with literally only three lyrical lines repeated throughout the five minute song. You kind of wonder why it was put in here in the first place but just listening through the guitar riffs, vocals, eerie sound effects, and different instruments, it sounds more of a jam session than anything else. You get to literally hear how talented Milky Chance is with the different sounds they could throw into one song but make it still sound cohesive in some weird way, one way or another.
In the deluxe version, they add in the acoustic versions of “Cold Blue Rain”, “Alive”, “Cocoon”, “Ego”, “Firebird”, and “Peripeteia” which is significantly different when you strip away the production work, obviously. Personally, I always prefer acoustic versions over anything else but with Blossom, I’m content with either version.
Overall, Milky Chance has successfully managed to release their sophomore album without any failures. This album shows the audience they in fact can be more than the guys that did “Stole Dance” and you could never hear about them again.
Listen to the entire Blossom album here.