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Blossoms release new ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’ song ‘The Sulking Poet’

Described by singer Tom Ogden as a cross between Dire Straits, George Michael and Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

By Charlotte Krol

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Blossoms (Picture: Press)

Blossoms have shared ‘The Sulking Poet’, the latest single to preview their forthcoming album ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’.

The Stockport band’s frontman Tom Ogden teased the single earlier this week, saying that it “sounds a bit like Dire Straits meets George Michael meets Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel”.

Ogden explained to fans in a video the origins of the song’s title. “I once saw a Blossoms fan page describe me as ‘The Sulking Poet’ and I thought that was a great name for a song,” he said.

“I’ve been told that I need to smile more from time to time. This song touches on the imposter syndrome I’ve sometimes felt in the past. ‘How did I get here? Do I deserve it? Should I be enjoying myself more?'”

You can watch the song’s accompanying music video, helmed by Edwin Burdis (creative director for the Arctic Monkeys) below:

‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’ is released on April 29 (pre-order/pre-save here).

The latest release follows previous singles ‘Ode To NYC’, ‘Care For’ and the album’s title track.

Speaking previously about the band’s fourth album, Ogden said that it revolves around a central character called ‘The Writer’. “The more songs I wrote, the more I realised that the writer referenced in the songs was in fact me,” he said.

“Having been so busy for the past eight years I and the band have never really had the chance to step back and reflect on what we’ve achieved. You’re so focused on the future; write the next album then tour. Your life is usually mapped out at least two years in advance.”

Blossoms – Credit: Madeleine Penfold

Blossoms play a number of UK live shows this summer including headline appearances at Y Not and Truck Festival as well as support dates with The Killers.

The band have also contributed handwritten lyrics to a new book that raises funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. ‘Song Book’ features lyrics from 19 songs performed by musicians at the trust’s charity concerts over the last two decades.

The book, which includes illustrations by artist Pete McKee, features lyrics that have been written out by the acts and is available to buy for £25 from here.