When it comes back to laidback music, few can claim to be as laidback as jazz soul-pop outfit Velvet Bloom.
Fresh off a debut EP release earlier this year, this Melbourne-based musical project has been turning heads for its catchy take on jazz and ambient music; a sound that has caught on with listeners on Triple J and Triple J unearthed.
With a new tour set to begin in June (playing shows in Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Port Macquarie and Forster), Velvet Bloom has coincided the beginning of this tour with the release of their latest gem, ‘Teach Ya.’
From the get-go, the track welcomes you in with a very easy-going style, meandering guitars and gentle percussion. The track comes across with a relaxed feeling, but a soulful swagger mixed with pop sensibilities. This is a tune that is going at it’s own pace, and won’t be rushed. The bass here is subtle, but underrated, and serves as a gorgeous counterpoint to lead vocalist Maddy Herbert’s tender vocals.
These vocals however are what really wins you over though, as Herbert sings about being fair to yourself, and to focus on trying to not get worked up over trivial things. The lyrical themes match delightfully with the easy-going musical approach the song takes. Her performance is tender and considered, especially when she introduces extraordinary harmonies in the verses and in the outro.
If there is a way to describe this song, it would be bubblegum soul. It’s smooth textures and jazzy finish immediately allows the listener to relax and be put at ease. If Velvet Bloom set out to achieve a gorgeous sense of tranquillity, they more than achieved it with this track: a sublime example of musical craftsmanship, and a damn smooth tune to boot!