Max Bloom (previously of Yuck) has shared another new single from his forthcoming solo record ‘Pedestrian’, which is set for release on June 18 through his own label, Ultimate Blends. He will also be playing a socially-distanced show at London’s Oslo on July 2nd.
Latest cut “All The Same“ mixes bouncing guitars and bright electronics with wry lyricism for a moment of sparkling, dour pop brilliance.
“This song started as an experiment for something I was thinking of writing for another artist, but I ended up liking it too much so I used it for myself” Bloom comments. “I was listening to Colours by Beck and Hot Thoughts by Spoon a lot at the time. I wanted to make something more synth based and pop orientated, but quite strange sounding at the same time. I wrote the lyrics with my girlfriend Anna, and we were talking a lot about the difficulty and insecurity we both face releasing music, and how unrewarding it can feel putting your music out into this huge void. I guess you could say it’s a song about writing songs!”
The album ‘Pedestrian’ takes its listener into the outside world. And it was here, wandering the city streets and parks against the surreal backdrop of the last twelve months, that Bloom discovered his inspiration for this latest collection of songs. He found himself observing his surroundings and people’s behaviour in a new light.
Over the months, a regular cast of companions (namely Spoon, Beck, and Yellow Magic Orchestra) accompanied Bloom on his increasingly lengthy runs. These references, alongside core influences like Wilco, George Harrison, and Grandaddy, helped bring a fresh pallet of sonic colours and textures to ‘Pedestrian’.
‘Pedestrian’ is the first release on Bloom’s new label, Ultimate Blends, which will be a home to all of his future projects and productions. Bloom has also designed individual artworks for every song on this album, and animations for its forthcoming singles. He also hosts podcast JEW-ISH, a series of one-to-one interviews with Jews from a range of different cultures and backgrounds, aiming to show the nuance that exists within the Jewish world. Listen here.
‘Pedestrian’ will be released on June 18th via Ultimate Blends.
Max Bloom will play Oslo in London on July 2nd. Ticket info here.
‘Pedestrian’ track list:
1. Pedestrian – Official video
2. Palindromes – Official video
3. All The Same – Official video
5. The Weatherman
6. Imposter Syndrome
7. Under Green Skies
8. How Can I Love You
10. Cat On Your Lap