“Pip’s instinctual knack for a melody dominate this album” DIY 4/5
Amsterdam’s Pip Blom have today shared ‘Different Tune‘, the latest track from their forthcoming second album, Welcome Break, which is out on Heavenly Recordings on November 12, 2021. Initially due for release in October, the album release date has shifted due to the ongoing worldwide vinyl delay.
The track is also accompanied by a video of a live session version of the track recorded in Amsterdam earlier this year.
Talking about the track Pip said: “Different Tune really is the sentimental track on the record. The verses are pretty empty, and mostly revolve around the singing. So when the chorus hits the impact is even more. The trombone that’s slightly out of key in the chorus really strikes a chord for me. The bridge feels a bit like there’s a break through happening. As if there’s finally some sun after weeks of dark and rainy weather 🙂 I hope this song can turn into an anthem. One can dream…”
Self-produced, mixed by Caesar Edmunds (PJ Harvey, St Vincent, Queens of the Stone Age) and recorded at Ramsgate’s Big Jelly Studios, Welcome Break follows their much-loved debut, Boat, which was released in 2019.
Following an extensive touring schedule, which saw the Dutch 4-piece roam over field, oceans, and Glastonbury’s John Peel stage following the release of their debut record Boat, Pip Blom immediately began to gather all her soaked-up inspirations taken from the road, cosy down in a room of her parent’s house (which she shares with her brother and fellow bandmate Tender Blom) and over three months wrote twenty songs – sixteen of which were to become demos for the band to structure and flesh out, once in the studio together.
With plans slightly complicated by the Covid-19 crisis, the band decamped to their favourite Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate and after 14-days of quarantine set to work recording their second album over three weeks with engineer Al Harle.
The result, Welcome Break (and yes, the title is inspired by the ubiquitous serviced dotted along Britain’s motorways) resonates with about as much decisive allure as their previous album Boat, but this time with a bit more contemporary chaos to boot.
Where Boat reckoned as a fresh-faced, yet gloriously fearless game-changer, Welcome Break is the self-assured older sibling who, with an additional year or two behind themselves, isn’t afraid to speak out, take lead, and instigate a liberated revolution-come-bliss-out.
Yet another master-class in effortless song-writing and feel-good-chorus’, as Pip explains, the secret behind the continuing run of form on Welcome Break is fairly simple – “I just really like catchy songs and I feel like that’s something we do well. It’s not sugar-coated-happy Pop…they’re more like ‘Titanic’ pop songs…”