Last year Blouse released their sophomore album Imperium. Ever since, they have been playing back-to-back North American Tours. This fall, Portland’s Blouse will be heading out on a European Tour and will be kicking it off in Geneva at the La Batie Festival on September 9th.
Evolution is a tricky word when discussing current trends in music, especially when it comes to sophomore albums. BLOUSE, the 2011 debut from the Portland band of the same name was a lush, melodic and dreamy affair spiked with whoozy synths and delicate vocals. For Imperium, their 2nd LP for Captured Tracks, Blouse have shed the synths, done away with drum machines and wrote and recorded with “instruments that don’t plug into the wall,” as enforced by band member/producer Jacob Portrait.
Sonically speaking, that comes through on the LP immediately. Perhaps bolstered by the ongoing construction occurring next to the studio while the record was being made, the sense of force and urgency propelling the record is evident. Patrick Adams’ driving bass and plodding drums in the title track usher in this new guitar-friendlier Blouse; more direct and clearer of visionl.
09/09 – Geneva, Switzerland – La Batie Festival De Geneve
09/10 – Marina Di Ravenna, Italy – Hana Bi
09/11 – Milan, Italy – Ohibo Club
09/12 – Rome, Italy – Circolo Degli Artisti
09/13 – Zagreb, Croatia – King Gric
09/14 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
09/15 – Cologne, Germany – King Georg
09/16 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Incubate @ Extase
09/17 – Paris, France – La Plage (Glazart)
09/18 – Bordeaux, France – Iboat