The Bloom is an American rock band from Pensacola, Florida that formed in 2017, consisting of James Groce (vocals/guitar), Wolf Raynsford (drums), Andrew Besanco (bass) and Stephen Ales (guitar). They recently released their self-titled album The Bloom.
They have a sound I think will appeal to a lot of people. I was reminded of bands like Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes that mix elements of Americana in their indie rock. There is also a hint of jam bands when it comes to some of the instrumental aspects.
The band starts with “Coma Dream“ and you can hear the “jam band” aesthetics that may be mixed with a little Modest Mouse and funk. There was something about the song that made me think of an outdoor festival and people dancing to it. The song isn’t only dance worthy, it’s catchy.
“Have Mercy” is a tad more emotionally resonant and pensive but still you can tell the band is building a foundation to their music. I thought the vocals were soulful and sung with a lot of passion. “Black Dress” is another solid song. The band sure knows how to create a good groove. ”Best Day” could be the highlight of the batch. It at the very least felt like the most single worthy. It’s positive and the melodies are memorable from both the guitar and vocals.
“Follow Me” is a cathartic song where the band rocks quite hard making a pretty beautiful wall of sound at points. “Manhattan Project” has its moments as well. The band closes strong with “King of the Mountain” which ends with a strong crescendo.
The band seems to making all the right moves in my opinion. The album was cohesive and really showcases a signature sound that the band has been forming. It also didn’t stretch on too long. I usually advise up and coming bands to lean towards brevity. The seven songs here felt like the perfect amount to get acquainted with their sound. I predict good things for this band and look forward to hearing more. Take a listen.
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