Genres: indie pop, shoegazer, dream pop
Feb 10 - 16 2003
came in a little package containing a Japanese-edition Carpenters
cassette case with a little homemade tape inside it. From
Japan. Along with the cassette came a sheet with lyrics and a
small blurb just notifying me that the singer's name is Bloom.
Aside from that, I can't really find anymore information on the
The first track on the cassette is "Tokyo Trial," a little pop number
with simple train-of-thought lyrics ("My
love/Your/Love/Facing/The world"). It's basically a
guitar-and-vocals singer/songwriter type song, with a rhythm section
that sounds as if somebody was hitting the microphone against their
knee in time with the music. It has a simple, understated charm
to it, sounding kind of like a lo-fi/indie pop/shoegazer hybrid.
The second track is "Dragons," which is slightly more
complex than the first. It's got some really neat chords going on in
its second half - they work well to build the track's nice atmosphere.
The third track, "Star," then finishes things off in a
much more powerful, emotional manner. It's a nice track that
will appeal to most shoegazer fans (who will dig its airy, majestic
catchiness.) Very well done.
Altogether, this is a very nice artifact that will appeal to fans
of Japanese indie pop and shoegazer music. It's considerably
better than most little hometapes. So now, what label's going to get to Bloom
3 songs, not distributed [e-mail here
to ask for a copy], released 2002]