There are many daunting moments when we find ourselves subject to rejection, ridicule, and are otherwise unaccepted by those around us, and we are therefore pressured to hide our emotions rather than allowing them to strengthen and shape us. Deting from this construct is no easy feat; however, a step outside it can lead an extraordinary discovery rebellious contentment.
Expression over suppression — this unapologetic exhibition in Danish trio Off Bloom’s Lover Like Me EP is essentially thematic. A breakout act in 2017, the group — consisting Mette Mortensen (vocals, production), Alex Flockhart (production) and Mads Christensen (production) — is a trailblazing collective raw and untiring talent. Their debut EP, Love To Hate It, introduced their punchy, no-frills sound composed deconstructed electronic-pop production, and would eventually lead the group to land a support slot on ‘s ‘The Self-Titled’ tour last year where they delivered their strong-willed disposition to stadium-packed crowds.
People are noticing. Since their tour with Dua Lipa last year, Off Bloom’s international fan base continues to grow as listeners and spectators their performances discover the team’s indomitable presence. Speaking to Dancing Astronaut on their ongoing development, the group reminisces on a standout moment on tour:
As for their recent EP f Capitol Records, Lover Like Me exudes an intended overindulgence in the textures and emotions experienced throughout the record. What is immediately evident f the trio’s latest output is the independent solidarity between each track. Every song stands alone as a blazing testament to honest intuition and selfish evolution, all while celebrating life’s emotive tactility with sound.
The leading track, “Shut Up And Let Me Walk,” is a forthright introduction to the record, remarking on the virtue self-importance and independence with a vicious, sonic tenacity. “Rockefe11a (F**k That To Be Honest)” is a ruminative piece co-produced with , and emits a similar resilience while simultaneously zoning into a slightly somber landscape.
Rounding out the project, the EP’s titular track, “Lover Like Me,” captures the incongruent psyche self-expression and the credence to one’s selfish nature. The band reflects on the meaning behind the single and how everything isn’t black and white, and the ebb and flow egotistical tendencies rides a thin line between self-love and hedonism.
The fire in the Off Bloom’s sophomore EP is hard to miss. Lover Like Me stands as another notch in the band’s blossoming career, a constant manifestation unabashed emotion and talent. More recently, the team was one ten winners for this year’s European Border Breakers Award, an annual prize that recognizes emerging artists who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year. Past winners include , , , and Mumford and Sons.
With an entire bright year ahead them, the group is far from finished from relaying their headstrong narrative that has been captivating audiences from across the world.