Melodic hardcore is just a consistently phenomenal genre of music isn’t it? The emotion and pain that bands release through this genre is always a treat to absorb as a listener, and there is no shortage of that with Bloom’s new single “Cold”. Following up their debut EP Past Tense, the Sydney based melodic five-piece has dropped the single alongside a brand new music video, while announcing the “Cold” release show for June 15th.
Past Tense was an incredibly powerful release. Short and sharp, yet effective, Bloom did everything in their power to make their listeners feel something. “Cold” is no different in this regard, as the soft echoing tones filled with melodically echoing guitars, slow impactful drums, and deep bass, contrast the harsh vocals perfectly.
Vocally and lyrically, it feels like they have stuck a hand inside your chest and clenched it firmly around your heart. Unable to move and unable to breathe, you stand perfectly still with your breath held, as you take in the music that is paralyzing you. Brutal screaming vocals display an unmatched pain, as the lyrics tell a story of suffering. Seemingly losing themselves and everything they hold dear, they are worn down, bit by bit, as every little mental hit feels like a knife to the heart.
Clean vocals are a welcome addition to the Bloom sound, and play an integral role in making sure “Cold” maintains its emotional intensity. This combines with the powerful screaming vocals and dreamy instrumentals to create an atmosphere of emotion. This is something Bloom has excelled at, and while they are still a fairly young band, I just can’t wait to hear and see more.
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Check out “Cold” here:
Bruce Springsteen rides the “Tucson Train”
Bruce Springsteen’s “Tucson Train” may be the growing kind, but when it does, all the best qualities of Springsteen shine.
Few artists have been able to traverse musical diversity with as much success as Bruce Springsteen has. Over the decades, Springsteen’s Americana train has found success on various stops- Top 40 vibes, the solemn echo of stripped back acoustica, baroque- all done with aplomb. Now 19 albums into his storied career, Springsteen is preparing for another ambitious adventure that few have successfully done before.
His new album, titled Western Stars, is due June 14th and as RollingStone has so lavishly praised, is “some of Springsteen’s most beguiling work ever“. But true to that tone, RollingStone also said that the new work is “off-putting at first”, a sentiment echoed after listening to the first two singles “Hello Sunshine” and “There Goes My Miracle“. It’s a little slow burning, a testament to the very 60s/70s pop that permeates these songs. Maybe a little too avant-pop for Springsteen? Nonetheless, the latest track and video, “Tucson Train”, continues the vibe and does so with the same lush, dream-like instrumentation of the first two singles. But as Springsteen treks down this road it doesn’t take long for the familiar to regain its foothold; the gravitas of his voice, the aura, the connection his music (no matter what style) continues to have with the listener.
Springsteen has been very busy over the past few years. While Western Stars is his first album since 2014, his Netflix special and a year-long stint on Broadway is a reminder of how creatively restless and busy he always is.
“Tucson Train” may be the growing kind, but when it does, all the best qualities of Springsteen shine. And as the horizon engulfs the afternoon sun once again, we’re kept warm by the trusted and timeless.
Watch the video for “Tucson Train”: