Bleachh’s most recent effort is an extremely exciting piece of pop music bound only to boost his upward trajectory.
Bleachh has seen significant buzz in 2021, especially as we get further into the year and the artists that emerged in 2020 begin to differentiate themselves more and the best of the crop begin to cement themselves as mainstays in the new underground. With his most recent effort, Heart of Stone, Bleachh does just that with his signature pitch-shifted harmonies and melancholy-tinged lyrics dancing over the bright, midtempo Button Maker instrumental backing the track. The instrumental itself, while not as jam-packed with the standard abrasion and controlled chaos normally present in Bleachh’s music, is glitzy and synth-driven, warping between harsh leads and sparse plucked melodies and backed by a bare-bones rhythm that Bleachh’s vocals fit like a glove. The song never lets up–not quite following a standard hook-verse-hook structure–and Bleachh’s incredibly dynamic performance is just as exciting through every bit of it, each element of the track feeling unique without feeling disconnected due to his utilization of expertly-crafted bridges throughout and his own lyrical ability, each bar grabbing your attention and never leaning into cliche or filler territory.
I greatly enjoyed this track, with its excellent songwriting and Bleachh’s melodies making an instant earworm. Bleachh’s affinity for pitch-shifting and vocal effects never act as a crutch, but always complement his bars and draw attention to each lyric. It’s rare that a song can toy with conventional sounds and structure while incorporating aspects of one of the harshest, most abrasive microgenres of music to emerge in recent memory without feeling disjointed, but ‘Heart of Stone’ is a seamless piece of music and it only excites me further to see his continued output throughout 2021. Check out the music video for the track below, directed and edited by Ugly Tomorrow (@uglystill on Twitter) and hosted by JOTA.
108MICS has also interviewed Bleachh in the past, the most recent being Jamie’s February interview which can be found here.
- Steve Warner (@xoxoarctic)