TRACK REVIEW: Blushes ‘Cielo Rosa’ and ‘Dust’
Hailing from Aylesbury, Blushes are an indie-pop band with a sound that best described as the pop version of Foals whilst drawing similarities to both The Vaccines and Mark Ronson. In their Twitter bio, the band describes their music to be “for fans of psychedelic nights in, mad nights out”, but the music Blushes make is much more than this – it holds a dreamy indie undertone with the songs which vary from psychedelic to pop-rock bangers whilst vocals are always light and distant, creating the delicate sound to complement their varying instrumentals. Blushes have recently released two new singles, titled ‘Cielo Rosa’ and ‘Dust’, and we gave them a run-through review.
Meaning pink sky, ‘Cielo Rosa’ (the first track of the two) perfectly melds the bands two sounds with an indie-rock instrumental combined with dreamy vocals and plenty of synths + definitely deserves to be listened to with headphones to truly appreciate the depth the track carries. Cielo Rosa begins with vocalist and guitarist Bradley Ayres singing chorus to a more rocky sound, eventually transitioning into dreamy verse sung by Blushes’ other vocalist, and synth player, Tiffany Evans and harmonies continue throughout. The song features an instrumental toward the end which has more rock associated riffs, but the band still manage to maintain that whimsical sound with long-lasting background notes.
Cielo Rosa is ultimately quite upbeat and catchy. It borders between a catchy pop song and an indie classic, while simultaneously holding a unique air, as do most of their prior releases.
Out of the two, I’d say ‘Dust’ is the more relaxed, chillout offering sitting slightly slower with a definite ‘sitting out in the sun with a beer’ vibe. ‘Dust’ has slightly stronger drums throughout, but overall keeps a very mellow sound – it is definitely the kind of song I could zone out to thanks to Blushes’ commendable showcasing of subtle guitar riffs and dreamy, muted vocals.
Personally, ‘Dust’ takes on a more instrumental role than previous track ‘Cielo Rosa’; not necessarily because it has fewer vocals, but because the vocals pop less and melt seamlessly into the backing of the song. There’s not a massive focus on the words and what they’re saying, but instead the vocals act as another instrument for the band, creating a truly unified piece. Many artists – and listener alike – view the instrumental as just a background for the vocalists, however Blushes counter this in many of their releases. Their music, instead, uses the Evans’ and Ayres’ vocals as another instrument to add to the total sound, which gives their songs the dream-like quality.
Both singles, ‘Cielo Rosa’ and ‘Dust’, complement each other well, befitting of Blushes’ prior releases. The songs have a relaxed, summery sound and continue to solidify Blushes’ position in the unique genre of music that the band have carved out for themselves.