In this edition of T.L.M.T’s song of the week feature The Mixed-Tape we turn our attention to Bloom’s brand new single ‘Love’.
There is a lyric in ‘Love’ that illuminates the music in a way not seen before from Blooms. “All bare bones and fire. You came in with hope. My new hearts desire. On these words I choked.”
Indeed things have changed for Blooms (a.k.a. Louise Cunnane) since the brilliant but brooding sound of her debut E.P. If. In ‘Love’ we find Cunnane’s outlook has changed. The song feels cathartic, lessons have been learned, the past has been put to rest (albeit through much struggle) and Blooms has re-emerged with a sound that mirrors this.
The music of ‘Love’ is flecked with fragility, welcoming the listener into the big-spacious production (from P*nut & Gil Lewis) of the track that crackles underneath Blooms’ enchanting vocal presence. Culminating in a more stylized overall sound to support the change in tone from the artist’s previous work. ‘Love’ is hopeful yet guarded, but also heartbreaking all at the same time.
Very few acts can make me stop in tracks and Blooms is one of them. ‘Love’ did just that, after just one listen I already knew exactly what I was going to write. It’s a track that speaks to an experience that many (including myself) have gone through and evokes those residual feelings through the best medium at our disposal, pop music. In this way Blooms’ own journey of catharsis becomes a shared one.
Click below to listen to this week’s addition to the Mixed-Tape, ‘Love’ by Blooms.