It's been nearly four years since we first met Clemens and Philipp, collectively - Milky Chance - that playful, rock reggae infused duo from Kassel, Germany. Now if you're wondering where Kassel is, it's somewhere between Frankfurt and Berlin, and apparently not so far from the influences of reggae, house, flamenco, pop, and folk music.
Following up the enormous success of their debut album 'Sadnecessary' Milky Chance is back with an equally charming and energetic offering in 'Blossom'.
Music exists to accentuate mood. Perhaps the thing we love most about Milky Chance is the moments to which their music is so perfectly suited. Road trips / hikes / patios / parties where people can still have conversations - Milky Chance are essentially the soundtrack to your good times. 'Blossom' is not intended for those seeking to accentuate their misery. 'Blossom' is a front to back playful masterpiece, in an era where the 'album' is becoming an endangered species.
The album begins where 'Stolen Dance' left off. Transforming keyboard and snare prelude Clemens unmistakably catchy vocals paired with an equally addictive guitar riff in 'Blossom'. *Disclaimer - we are already in love with this album. 'Blossom' is then followed up by four more single-worthy / makeshift dance floor ready tunes with 'Ego', 'Firebird', 'Doing Good', and 'Clouds' before switching up the tempo with 'Cold Blue Rain'.
If there's one criticism we must have about this album (no review is credible without), it's that the mood of the lyrics is sometimes confused behind the overall energy of a track. 'Doing Good' is about someone unable to resist falling for the wrong person, but all the while we can't get past Clemens' care-free and catchy vocals. Perhaps this is merely a glimpse into the wonderful mantra of Milky Chance. Now, back to the compliments! Clemens and Philipp's first studio collaboration is with Ethiopian-English talent Izzy Bizu. Recently she has opened for the likes of Sam Smith, Rudimental, and Foxes - and oh how perfectly her sound blends with Milky Chance. 'Bad Things' starts off with Clemens, then Izzy joins in for harmony, and follows with a few verses of her own. Let's all put our hearts together and pray she joins the upcoming TOUR.