Preparing for the October 19 exclusive Australian release of their sophomore album The Late Blue, the Melbourne dream pop duo Gypsy and the Cat have released a free download of their new single “Bloom.”
The Aussie band is known for their work on Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite Tour as well as their 2010 debut album Gilgamesh, which features hits like the clever 2009 single “Jona Vark” and the sonic ’80s-themed track that shares the album name. Never heard of Gypsy and the Cat? Although their worldly sound has previously placed them at number one on the Japanese Billboard charts, they plan to become a household name in the United States with The Late Blue by 2013.
“Bloom” is the second single from their upcoming album, and if the funky piano track “Sorry” released first didn’t evoke a desire to hear the anticipated album, the misty single now available on the band’s official website for listening and downloading just may. Its zesty drum introduction and realistic cheers instantly gives you a rush of excitement. Jason Grishkoff, creator of Indie Shuffle where I first heard “Bloom,” compares their new electronic sound to The Cure.
In my opinion, the in chiming of repetitive maracas are reminiscent to the upbeat, happy day whistling tune “Young Folks” by Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John, which American artists such as Kanye West sampled. UK artist James Blunt, whose hit “You’re Beautiful” reached #1 in the U.S., also sampled the single that the Gypsy and the Cat song shares similarities with. If these artists have flourished on the charts, the band’s diverse sound just may stand a chance in the U.S music industry.
The happy-go-lucky major guitar chords heard throughout “Bloom” is something that we can look forward to hearing more of in their new album. According to an interview with Vox Magazine, the band shared their feelings about creating their fresh, more upbeat sound.
“It’s definitely different to the first album in many ways – there’s lots more major chords,” said Lionel Towers, who also explained that minor chords were a major component in their first album. Towers is one of two bandmates who formed Gypsy and the Cat. Other member Xavier Bagash stated that they were in search of a new direction due to their passé ’80s signature sound.
“We’ve moved forward to the ’60s. The ’80s thing has been washed away,” said Bargash in the interview.
Both Bagash and Towers have come a long way from their DJ days in Melbourne. “Bloom” is proof that the duo can be musically diverse, and can be depicted as mysterious and dreamy with songs like “Jona Vark.” Or, they can present themselves in a more upbeat, eclectic manner such as in their more recent singles from their forthcoming album.
Unfortunately, the album will not be purchasable in the United States until 2013, but until then we have a couple of pretty satisfying singles to tide us over. Take a listen to the album’s second single on gypsyandthecat.com.
It will be available all through the week of October 2.