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Bleu Releases Superbly Imaginative ‘SiX TAPE’

Los Angeles-based songwriter, producer, and artist Blue releases a new album, SiX TAPE, featuring the single “Love You So,” along with songs about religion, fatherhood, and “growing up.”

According to Bleu, “I’m over ‘figuring out who I am.’ I like a mish-mosh of music, just like most people do, and when I’m writing songs for myself, I’m only focused on what will put a shit-eating grin on my face and not really worrying about the rest.”

SiX TAPE, which is Bleu’s sixth solo album, doesn’t pull any punches. It’s frank and authentic, sans any type of cotton candy packaging.

Most of the songs on the album were written prior to 2020. Initially a project of collaborations, because of the topsy turvy state of the world recently, the project became more intimate, especially because of Bleu becoming a first-time father.

Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez. and several K-Pop idols are just a few of the big-name stars Bleu has written for. With his music being featured on hit shows such as Shameless, The Good Place, and Insecure, as well as brands like eBay, Swarovski, and Bose, Bleu works directly with major labels, film, and television studios.

Bleu wrote and produced the songs for Disney’s Legend of the Neverbeast, is now scoring his first HBO docu-series, and will be collaborating with OWENN, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, Lola Blanc, Gothic Tropic, and Mike Taylor. Moreover, he’s developed and written a master’s degree course for the renowned Berklee College of Music.

Comprising 10-tracks, entry points on SiX TAPE include “I Wanna Write You a Symphony,” brimming with sparkling pop-rock energy and Bleu’s velvety smooth voice. A personal favorite, “Baby By Your Side” blends savors reminiscent of ELO with Beatles-like vocals. A thumping, driving rhythm gives the tune vibrant momentum.

“Love You So” travels on tantalizing pop blushes riding a shimmering piano atop an infectious rhythm. Full of bright, flashing vocals, the tune percolates with bubbly oomph. “Never Believe It” features a swirling psychedelic intro flowing into a brawny alt-rock melody capped by Bleu’s glossy, potent timbres.

“My Emo GF” rolls out on soul-laced R&B tones. Slightly sleazy and seductive, the song recalls the heady sound of Motown, undulating on cool soulful sonic currents. Bee Gee-like vocal harmonies give the lyrics delicious falsetto lusters.

Innovative and rife with a variety of stylistic tangs, SiX TAPE pushes out wonderfully alluring music, along with luscious vocals and deft lyrics.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.