The Bleeding Obvious – The Bleeding Obvious
On The Bleeding Obvious’s debut album, the warm welcoming vibes reveals a stylistic eclecticism effortlessly bringing together house, psychedelic, and ambient into a satisfying whole. Reminiscent of Saint Etienne’s “So Tough” the way the songs unfurl is quite extraordinary. Narratives form throughout the album, of love, loss, and a sense of purpose. The hope that ties together the entire album serves as its greatest unifier, for it helps to further emphasize the warmth of the arrangements.
“Splendid!” opens the album off on a high note, as the piano-led retro house track feels giddy with joy. Effortlessly merging lounge and country is tender tones of “You and I (Always Fighting)”. Offering up a rather fragile ambient melody is the thoughtful “I, Human”. An 80s electropop sound defines the taut rhythms of “Double Hard”. Like a wonderful rush of sound is the jaunty “Not Dead (Yet)” with a defiance that feels truly wonderful. By far the highlight of the album is the lovely ballad of “Put Your Arms Around Me”. Embodying the best of trance pop, the song has a light, airy feel to it anchored by a satisfyingly sweet groove. With a laid-back reggae tinge is the mellowed out spirit of “Can’t Come Home”. Rather dreamy is the late night funk of “Bittersweet Goodbye”. Closing the album off on a high note is the grandeur of “Me Myself and I”.
The Bleeding Obvious has created a beautiful album one that positively teems with life and hope for the future.