Now, a decade later, that feeling has spread from the rehearsal space to fans around Europe and beyond, through two EPs and an album, as well as hundreds of live shows. Blaue Blume work in heartfelt, sweeping art-rock, lush, dramatic compositions personified by vocalist Smith’s tender but tough falsetto.
Their new album Bell Of Wool portrays a more assured and mature version of the band, comfortable forgoing the spectacular and theatrical for a record that’s no less emotionally affecting and compelling for its subtlety. It is also more experimental than their previous work, with the band lifting the restraints of convention from their work.
Behind Bell Of Wool, there’s a story of trauma and darkness. The album was delayed while Smith went through a period of depression. But in the end, the band started because of their sense of shared purpose in making music: “I feel that is still the essence of our group, it’s not just music, it’s also something sacred”, says Jonas. That unity pulled them through in the end, and ensured Blaue Blume had a future.