Award-winning songwriter, producer and celebrated indie maverick Bleu has officially announced the release of his sixth solo record aptly titled “SiX TAPE”. Exclusively available on Bandcamp with five bonus tracks for his die-hard fans, this album undeniably proves his deftness at melding high concept lyrics with cross-genre pop productions. Scheduled for a wider release on all streaming platforms on 9/16, the new project shows off a more vulnerable side to Bleu. In “SiX TAPE”, he opens up about fatherhood, religion, and his experiences growing up, layered over a mostly upbeat soundtrack. Fully accepting who he is, the decorated artist is proud to release an honest record for fans and new listeners who are sick of sugar coating their truth. With songs inspired by ELO, Prince, Dire Straits, and Carl Carlton, SiX TAPE unabashedly plays like a well-worn 90’s cassette mixtape. Self-described as a purposeful “mish-mosh of styles” he writes songs for himself, fully-focused on what it is that will bring a smile to his face, and in return the faces of fans. Speaking of his dedicated fan base, Bleu’s decision to release the project exclusively on Bandcamp first served as an introduction to his newest version of fan-funding. Having had great success with funding platforms like Pledge Music and Kickstarter in the past, Bandcamp assured a new and fun way to allow for early listens and unique merchandise sales.
Mostly written before 2020, the album was originally meant to be a project of collaborations; however, due to the past few year’s events, “SiX TAPE” ended up becoming much more personal for Bleu. Fatherhood stepped in and forced a change of course toward an introspective journey leading up to the birth of his first child. And the variety of sounds that the album presents is not to be ignored. Having written for household names like Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez and several K-Pop idols, Bleu’s versatility shines as his songwriting and production skills keep listeners on their toes. Once signed to Columbia Records, Bleu has released 5 studio albums, various cult side projects and now works directly with some of the biggest labels, film/TV studios and show runners in the industry. His music has been featured by networks and brands all over the world including eBay, Swarovski, Bose and hit shows like Shameless, The Good Place and Insecure. What’s even more impressive is that Bleu wrote and/or produced all of the songs for Disney’s “Legend of the Neverbeast” including a duet with Grammy-nominated KT Tunstall. Most recently, Bleu signed on to score his very first HBO docu-series and we can look forward to collaborations with Island Records’ OWENN, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s and indie phenoms Lola Blanc, Gothic Tropic and Mike Taylor. If that weren’t enough, he’s nearly done authoring a master’s degree course in songwriting for Berklee College of Music that debuts this Fall.
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