Los Angeles-via-Sydney non-binary artist THE BLSSM isn't afraid to share their innermost thoughts. Their music is introspective, but also invites the listener to bring their own thoughts and experiences to the table. They're looking to connect with their fans by being vulnerable, rather than guarded, and the recent Fueled By Ramen signee is planning a big 2022.
They've just released their latest single, DIZZY, and writing about the track on Instagram, THE BLSSM explained, "This song means so much to me and I got to carve its energy out with some of the people I luv the most… realizing it’s about my relationship with my inner anxiety.
"Lyrically, it’s inner-conversational and inspired by the weight of ‘dragging around’ emotional baggage….So….hugs and ki$$es for DIZZY. Hooorraaaaay!!!!" DIZZY is an anthemic track that's driven along by THE BLSSM's soaring vocals, with the guitar adding to the stadium-sized production. We can easily imagine a massive crowd singing this back to THE BLSSM at a festival in the near future.
Its release is accompanied by a music video directed by visual artist/fashion photographer Sophie Hu, which captures THE BLSSM meeting their clone while in New York City. The video was inspired by a dream THE BLSSM had, and represents their relationship with anxiety. You can check out the video below. If you're looking to be in the know, then read on to learn more about THE BLSSM!
Who is THE BLSSM?
Some artists might claim that music is in their blood - but THE BLSSM means it. THE BLSSM's dad is legendary Australian rocker Diesel, which means they've always been around music. Speaking to Ones To Watch, they explained that when they were five or six, they first realised that they wanted to become a musician.
"My dad has a recording studio at home - because we're all musicians in my family - and he would have writing sessions," THE BLSSM recalled. "I would hear him belting, screaming, and making demos. I would be fascinated with what he was doing and thinking how can that be my job?"
The best way to learn more about THE BLSSM is to listen to their music - lyrically, they're as open as they can be. Speaking to Coup De Main, THE BLSSM asserted, "Through my music I am able to express my identity in totality. It's a cathartic and celebratory space for me." What you hear is what you get when it comes to THE BLSSM.
What does THE BLSSM's music sound like?
It's hard to pinpoint THE BLSSM's sound without hearing their music for yourself, because each song has a different form. One song might be a heartfelt ballad, while the next might make liberal use of distortion and pounding 808s. It's part of why they've built such a passionate fanbase - THE BLSSM is always exploring new musical avenues.
Their debut EP, '97 Blossom, draws from influences as varied as Radiohead, Lil Uzi Vert and Elliott Smith. Created alongside BROCKHAMPTON (and recorded at the BROCKHAMPTON House), it explores THE BLSSM's innermost thoughts, capturing the weight of insecurity and gender dysphoria, managing one's mental health and the expectations that come with growing up.
Speaking about the project with Apple Music, THE BLSSM revealed, “Having the ability to go to all these different places sonically, it translates to my personality. That's also what I'm dealing with gender, being non-binary. That’s in my sound. Ultimately, it’s that there is no true way to be, except for yourself.” It's an insight into their world, and they're not afraid to talk about topics that other artists might shy away from.
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What's next for THE BLSSM?
DIZZY is THE BLSSM's first release for 2022, but we're tipping that we're going to be getting more music in the near future. THE BLSSM's an artist that's proven they're always looking forward to what's next, so you'll want to stay dialled into what they're planning for the rest of the year!