„Bloom“ is the third installment in a series of collaborative singles with artists from other disciplines. Their collaboration with the fashion designer Katharina Haydeyan from Dresden, Germany, lead Olicía to create a song entitled “Bloom” – one of the most upbeat and playful pieces in their catalogue of music to this point. Containing such unusual elements as a four-on-the-floor House beat, flourishes of mouth percussion, expansive, layered lines of vocal melodies on top of bouncy piano chords that feel like a stream of constant change and renewal: “I feel the wind is changing | Inside of me | A new beginning.”
“’Bloom’ is a song about starting anew, about keeping things playful and light, feeling cleansed and refreshed and following a new path with lightness, like a change in the direction of the wind.” is how Fama M’Boup explains their approach the song. “Sometimes a thing need to be handled with ease in order for it to develop its strength”, Anna-Lucia adds.
Song by Olicía
Anna-Lucia Rupp – vocals, keys, percussion
Fama M’Boup – vocals, keys, percussion, whistles
sampled harp bass drum courtesy of Laura Perrudin
Written and recorded by Olicía
Mixed by Jakob Hegner | Mastered by Jacob Korn
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OUT OF THE BLUE is a cycle of songs and corresponding works of art that are born from dialogue – from conversation and exchange between the two musicians in Olicía and artists in other genres, such as painting, fashion, dance, literature, film making, design, or arts and crafts. The works are gradually developed, ping-ponged back and forth, playfully shaped into their final form. Learning and borrowing from one another in the process – adapting strategies, materials, structures, or approaches. From an exchange of ideas and sentiments and their – at times – vague and fuzzy articulations into dots and notes, shapes and chords, textures, patterns, configurations, and designs. In the end, the result will be two separate works of art, existing on equal footing, sharing the same seed, still conversing with one another, complementing one another, or simply exploring the same ideas while venturing out into opposite directions.