Justin Bloom is a twenty three year old artist from Boston, Massachusetts who recently released You'll Try which is a four song EP. Bloom recorded and produced the EP himself and showcases how good production can be bedroom artist. The songs contain lush soundscapes and heartfelt melodies that have similarities to artists like James Blake and Blood Orange.
I really appreciated the palette of sounds Bloom brought to the table. The drums were usually big and deep while the synths had a combination or warm and airy tones. That being said it was the vocals that made me fall in love with these songs.
The album opens with “I Don't Know”. You hear drums that are in front of the mix with the key and synths creating a tranquil background. There are other percussive elements which come into the mix and the song starts to build energy and more movement start to happen. The vocal melodies start become and soon become a mantra when he repeats the line “what do you think”. There is inventive splicing as well when to comes to the vocals.
“What You Think” starts off with the hook. The song is very lush and the vocals fit the mood. His delivery is relaxed but he pushes his inflection when needed. There are some on this song and you can hear a tinge of Blood Orange on this track.
Next up is “Lift You When You're Down (feat. Alex Lorraine). '' The additional vocalist was a welcome addition. They can definitely harmonize together. The song twinkles in the early morning hours and just about perfect for a chill underground lounge. Last up is “You'll Try”. Bloom’s vocals are up front in this song and they sound great. The end of of this song is absolutely beautiful.
This is a very strong debut. Bloom’s talent is obvious and hope this is just sampel of what’s to come.
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