‘There’s a sunny-side-up sensibility to BLØSH’s unashamedly perky indie-pop’ – DIY
Oslo-based electro-pop duo BLØSH return following the success of their debut single, ‘Can’t Afford to Lose You’, and follow up EP ‘Keep Your Tongue’, with new single ‘Give It Away’, set to drop on 27th November.
Together, Madrid-born cellist and singer Teresa Bernabé and Oslo-native guitarist Jørgen Berg Svela have crafted an infectious indie-pop sound which has already won them support from the likes of JaJaJa Music, Indie Shuffle, Hillydilly and Amazing Radio.
‘Give It Away’, which the pair explains is “about not taking life – or the situations that life puts you in – too seriously“, continues to demonstrate their trademark upbeat melodies, with Teresa’s bright echoing vocals dancing merrily along the top of the addictively punchy bass, and a wall of guitar sound provided by Jørgen. Inspired by the African music he was listening to throughout the writing process, he drew on the repetitive guitar hooks found in the styles of people like Ray Phiri (Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’) and Ali Farka Touré, so that “When we brought the song to the studio, the instruments in the track built up very quickly and logically around the guitar and melodies.”
Citing an eclectic range of influences from The Beatles and Paul Simon to Dirty Projectors and The Dø, the pair’s sound is reminiscent of Hinds andOK Go meet Stealing Sheep, with whom Teresa has played in the past. In fact, though BLØSH may be unfamiliar to some, the duo are no strangers to the industry, having individually collaborated with the likes of Norwegian-Bulgarian sensation Mikhael Paskalev, Depedro, Jonas Alaska and China Crisis in the past. Teresa’s talents have also been praised by none other than Paul McCartney, who remarked in a private session: “other professional cellists cannot do what you do”.
Having met at Liverpool’s Institute for Performing Arts, where their classmates included the likes of Dan Croll, Douglas Dare and Jessica Staveley-Taylor (of The Staves), Teresa and Jørgen have been making waves with their catchy electro-pop tunes since 2014. Their debut single was premiered by critically acclaimed Norwegian music blog GAFFA, and gained national airplay on major radio stations like NRKP3 in Norway, who featured them as their up-and coming artist of the week in May, as well as Radio3 in Spain.