British alternative band BLOSSOMS has shared their long-awaited fourth studio album Ribbon Around The Bomb, out now via Virgin EMI Records. The project features the previously released singles “Care For,” “Ribbon Around the Bomb,” “Ode to NYC,” and “The Sulking Poet.”
“This album revolves around a central character, ‘The Writer’. The more songs I wrote, the more I realized The Writer is in fact me,” frontman Tom Ogden shared in a statement. “Having been so busy for the past 8 years, I never really had the chance to step back and reflect on what we’ve achieved, you’re so hellbent on the future, write the next album, tour, your life is usually mapped out almost 2 years in advance.”
The inception of the album’s title dates back to the Mexico stop on BLOSSOM’s 2019 tour when Ogden visited the home of historic artist Frida Kahlo. “looking at her paintings on show, someone had described one of them as being like a ‘ribbon around a bomb’. I immediately thought that it was a great title for a song and album because of the imagery that it evoked in my mind,” he recalled. “I thought about how lots of things in life could be described as being a ribbon around a bomb in the sense that as people we often dress things up which have a darkness lying beneath them.”
BLOSSOMS are heading back out on tour in August in support of Ribbon Around the Bomb, notably with two shows in North America in addition to the slate of live appearances and festivals back home. The band will play New York’s Irving Plaza on August 16 before heading to Los Angeles for a show at the El Rey Theater on August 18. Tickets can be found on the official BLOSSOMS website.