The physical space that this album creates is both airy and carefree, but heavily grounded through Legrand's bassoon-like voice. Dream pop has always favored vocals that tend to sound distant, mixed within or under the distorted guitars. It's simply a part of the aesthetic; like shoegaze the end result was always to blast through "music" and create an idea through incoherency. But Legrand's accessible vocals cut through the haze and plants itself firmly into your heart, warming it, but still impressing on you a most powerful sense of yearning. This is an album that desperately desires a return to idyllic days that as adults, seem too long ago, and exists only in foggy memories. Often I think about being in my twenties and what that means and why everyone's twenties suck so much. Perhaps in part it's because it is based heavily in the reality that our childhood is over forever, and that reality can be really difficult to apply to our changing lives. But Bloom captures that mood perfectly. It is at once a reminder of halcyon days tempered with the bittersweet goodbyes that come with growing up.
I hate using hyperboles and I'm aware that I often do it, but I really think that Bloom may be one of my favorite albums of all time. I feel it my soul. It couldn't have entered my life at a more perfect time - I'm settling into adulthood but am reticent to relinquish control over my youthful desires and wishes and dreams...and maybe I shouldn't, maybe I'm not supposed to?, but I haven't figured out how to integrate them within my new life. That's part of the process, I think. So when I stare out a window and thoughts of my days coagulate into confusion, this album is my soundtrack.
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