Come out Mercedes and share my bed,
Let’s make a child to sing songs when we’re dead.
from, “The Holy Together”
Some acts want to play it off as though what they create is haphazard and loose. Yet, admittedly or not, in rock n’ roll or even pop music, there is a deliberate care that goes into the diction of each and every song. To exhibit this type of care and concern is, of course, a form of vulnerability – because, what if you fail in your explicit endeavor? In the music industry you fall on your face in front of entire rooms of foreign faces and silver emotions.
The Denver outfit, Blusom (pronounced “Blue-Some”) is just the kind of arrangement that is not concerned with hiding behind apathy or unconcern. And you can hear it: Tiered with syrupy and lush swirls of organic and electronic stylings, Blusom's music states an explicit concern for where they are going, and where they have come from.
Versed in the Denver music scene, Blusom members, Jme (Acrobat Down) and Mike Behrenhausen (Juhl and Maraca Five-O) have crafted an altogether intoxicating sound. Their lyrics are sparse, but impactful. And this precise collision comes from Behrenhausen and Jme’s near-anthematic phrases and mindfulness in delivery.
In song, you can picture them in the green of fields, with the gray backdrop of the city behind them, calling out. As in “Mayday”, a song rich with space and breath: “Thank god for the summer and this song/ Thank god for the summer and the sound.” And then, at the tail of the song’s spin comes the call, where the listener is granted permission to crawl in through the speakers and join the anthem, as “You shout mayday to the heavens.”
Blusom's first collection of songs, “Go Slowly All The Way Round The Outside” was released with a very limited circulation. But their follow-up, full length, "The Metapolitan" is the band’s attempt to burst where they grew too gravid. And while there is an element of experimentation – Blusom is not unique in their endeavor: Anything great comes from the will to experiment, and push, and grow and eliminate the fear of doing so. Moreover, Blusom's experiment is not obtuse and without form and function.
"The Metapolitan" is a thick album, possibly requiring a multitude of listens before the subtle harmonies and melodies are comprehended. But don’t let this deter. No, Blusom's envelope expansion project is a wild success. With Jme’s use of organic and electronic instrumentation, coupled with Behrenhausen’s acoustic renderings as well as songwriting background, Blusom is a crafty gem in the rough world of pop and rock.
For more information and, to see what Blusom is up to next, go to their website at: www.blusom.com .