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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

[ Album Review ] The Bleeding Obvious - Debut Album

Artist: The Bleeding Obvious
Self Titled Debut Album "The Bleeding Obvious"
Website: http://bleedingobvious.uk/ 
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In a recent interview with Jessica Rowbottom, her newest project "The Bleeding Obvious"can be described as “sashaying effortlessly between pop, electro, chiptune, spoken word and disco, descending into theatre, with an unexpected electro-swing number for good measure.”

Whiskey neat, repeat. The Bleeding Obvious is a monster typhoon of styles, personalities, and expression through electronic beats. Upbeat in nature, the bass and drums pulse and sway, then snap back tight to the groove. Fun, smart lyrics, and full of class, this record is one you’ll want to leave in the car for those long drives, or in your kitchen for late night dance parties.

Like listening to old voice-mails on a lonely day, the wind pushing against the windows; rain pounding against the glass. The aroma of Earl Grey tea waltzes through the room, boiling water on the stove, letting the kettle ring out into the late afternoon. Forlorn, yet constantly moving upward, conversations with Rowbottom feel like hearing excerpts of your favorite book on audio cassette. Jessica articulates and conveys her mind-scape eloquently, not missing a beat.  Visually this album speaks, and audibly it dances. Synesthesia at its finest. Throughout the 15 tracks you could find yourself doing the rumba, then tripping the light to some disco house beats, careening through the snowy alps on a fresh pair of skis... then finding yourself in a warm oversize chair at the ski lodge, sipping on spiked hot chocolate, only moving to wipe the whipped cream off your nose, or tap your boots to the beat.

Personal favorites:The first single “Splendid!” runs right out the gate with an irresistible dance beat, group vocals, and an overall good vibe you just can’t fight.  “Can’t Come Home” has a kick back reggae feel, soaring horns, and an exciting mix of rasta vocals that blend and build throughout the song. “How can I tell you that I can’t come home?” Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you plan.


A plethora of feelings, all funneled into the same mug. “It’s all about the tear drop…” An album that stands on its own, and is an exciting start to what is hopefully a long musical career for The Bleeding Obvious. You can get yourself a copy on November 17 from her Bandcamp here: http://shop.bleedingobvious.uk/releases

A little more background from The Bleeding Obvious website

"A rabbit-hole of genres" is just one of the phrases used to describe the music of The Bleeding Obvious: the monicker of British musician and producer Jessica Rowbottom, whose new album encompasses everything from pounding electronic club beats to orchestral soundscapes and soulful funk-pop. Collaborating with singers and musicians she’s met along the way the music is emotional, reflective, joyful, frequently dark, almost autobiographical in places.
For her first album released in November 2016, she has collaborated with a variety of artists and musicians including Ruby Macintosh, Ralph Dartford (A Firm Of Poets), Anthony Jackson-Stubbs (Paleday), and members of Leeds Makeshift Orchestra. Musicians from as far as St Petersburg and Seattle appear on the album, which is reflective of the past three years of Jess' life.

It is co-produced by her son Ben Rowbottom and collaborator Simon Rowe of synthpop band Berlyn Trilogy.

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