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.