Album Review Pip Blom - Welcome Break

Pip Blom haven’t changed their sound, but they do feel like they’ve got to know it better.

Pip Blom - Welcome Break

On second full-length ‘Welcome Break’, Pip Blom master a balance between growing up a little, and maintaining the innocent charm that won listeners over in the first place. The record situates itself gorgeously in the easy-going transcience suggested by its service-station-inspired title: Pip Blom follow their sunny guitars and breezy lyricism wherever they may lead, and it’s all about the journey rather than the destination. Pip’s instinctual knack for a melody dominates the album. She lets herself sparkle without having to tussle with the instrumentals; rather, every layer feels built up with the same humble assuredness of its own role. When the sprightly guitars do get their moment in the sun, it’s all the more effective: late highlight ‘Easy’ is one of the punkier cuts, and packs a fitting punch, ‘I Know I’m Not Easy To Like’ is riff-pop and gang vocals galore, and down the other end of the spectrum, the moody likes of ‘Holiday’ employ lilting melancholy instrumental lines in a powerful change of pace. Pip Blom haven’t changed their sound, but they do feel like they’ve got to know it better.

 

As featured in the October 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.

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