Today, The Blossom, the moniker of LA based artist Lily Lizotte, releases their debut EP 97 Blossom. The EP effortlessly juxtaposes seemingly disparate elements such as grunge and shoegaze against the bass-heavy nature of hip-hop into something strikingly cohesive yet undeniably unique. The project includes the previously-released singles “Hardcore Happy” and “Shapeshifter” and comes alongside a video for a new song off the project, “Black Eye”.
The Blossom shares about the EP, “This EP changed everything. I bought a new electric toothbrush and my first brand new pair of Jordan’s. I’m still running for my life with one eye staring down at the concrete and one eye looking up to the sky. These are songs collaged with friends. Some in my bedroom closet and some at Shangri-la in Malibu. I wrote these all in the moment. Sometimes painfully honest tales of my story. I just want it to feel like yours too. All my sonic influences re-imagined. Every part is rejecting as they are rejoicing. I want sounds that feel like the past, present and future. Because it’s all up for grabs. Leaving little cracks where the light gets in…”
Lizotte’s lyrics cover the full emotional spectrum: insecurity, gender dysphoria, depression, anxiety, and growing pains are all woven into the fabric of the songs. Their songs are mostly about how they feel about their feelings, a perspective that’s almost an abstraction of the raw emotion itself. It’s a reflection of their personality – one where darker elements are intertwined with humor and playfulness – and it makes for an incisive debut that melds together the distinct, exciting worlds that inspired Lily to start this journey originally.
Born to a family of artists, Lizotte spent their childhood between New York City and Sydney. They moved to Brooklyn as a young adult, kicking off their fashion tenure as a designer in the Lower East Side. However, it was always the gravitational pull towards music and songwriting that grounded Lizotte and finally inspired their move to Los Angeles last year. The community of like-minded artists they have met there including Kevin Abstract, Romil Hemnani, Jabari Manwarring, Matt Champion and Federico Vindver, who collaborated with Lily on several tracks on the project alongside Lily’s father Mark Lizotte, have set their wide-ranging references and innovative songwriting into greater focus.