Blossom’s debut LP, Tease, redefines soul, with a collection of bold, eclectic songs embracing the spontaneity of being young, independent and passionate. Crafting breezy, finger-snapping R&B that invites energetic movement and cosmic energy, Blossom takes the confusion, bliss, and baggage that comes with love and relationships, and proves that she can still bloom on her own.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Blossom (aka Keisha Chiddick) tethered her roots in Portland, Oregon in 2013 and has since grown to become a household name in the Northwest’s underground hip hop and R&B scene. Teaming up with Portland-based producer, HOT16, their collaborative album, Tease, offers a lively, bright energy that’s a cross between SZA’s unapologetic honesty and Sade’s introspective ballads. Portland alt weekly, Willamette Week, noted when Blossom landed #3 in the city’s “Best New Band” of 2017 list: “Falling somewhere between dreamily romantic neo-soul and brassy hip-hop, Blossom's music has developed into a distinctly intoxicating stew, marked by velvet vocals, playful lyrics and airy beats reflective of her island upbringing.”
“Falling somewhere between dreamily romantic neo-soul and brassy hip-hop, Blossom's music has developed into a distinctly intoxicating stew, marked by velvet vocals, playful lyrics and airy beats reflective of her island upbringing.” - Willamette Week
At first glance, Tease might seem like another album about old flings and short-lived connections, but Blossom exudes a self assurance that empowers listeners to be comfortable with themselves and feel content with being alone. Amid the sensual, stripped down instrumentation of “U Got Me,” she reflects on past relationships in a positive light, singing, “Right now I don’t need nobody else but myself” and proclaiming her discovery of a new way to love her own journey and independence. Then there’s the bouncy, throwback song, “Loves Coming,” which samples Melba Moore’s ‘80s R&B hit, “Love’s Comin’ At Ya.” With lo fi claps and fuzzy synths, she invites a new romance to play along, crooning: “To give him a taste would just be a waste / So give into the chase.”
Blossom + HOT16 discover romance, heartache and identity all within 8 songs. There’s no question that Tease is about living in the moment, and more than anything serves as a reminder that black girl magic isn’t just a trend, it’s a way of living.
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Perhaps no other song encapsulates the fun, carefree feelings found on Tease better than “So Cool,” the first single off of the album. Built on a stuttering drum machine beat, bursts of twinkling synth and Blossom’s signature rap/singing vocal style, this song struts confidently along through emotions of contentment and tranquility. Bask in its slick, funky instrumentation and soak in the last of the chill summer vibes before fall officially sets in.