I have had the privilege of knowing Camille Bloom for quite a few years, and have followed her development as a premier singer-songwriter. I have enjoyed the complexity and the simplicity of her songs. I have seen her perform in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, as well as my former home of Los Angeles, California.
Bloom has just released a new EP, Big Dream, a six song masterpiece. I just received my advance copy of Saturday, and couldn't wait to share it with you.
The first track, The System is Broken, is a folky protest song reminiscent of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, and features some incredible guitar finger picking and strumming.
Track two, the title cut, is upbeat with a pop taste that encourages the listener. The background vocals and electric guitar riffs add the perfect touch and make this a song perfect for placement on Glee.
The Zombie Song, the third track, talks about a society that is more interested in "virtual" friends than real ones, and encourages us to unplug and live life to the fullest.
Track four, Damage (acoustic version), packs a wallop. Recorded simply with a a guitar on which Bloom does percussion as well, it is a strong song about the harm that comes from hatred. It makes a statement that sums up what No H8te truly means - acceptance of everyone, regardless of their sexual preference.
The fifth track, Round and Round has such a cool vibe, and a serious message - it is a wake-up call to truly live, not just go through the motions.
Last but not least, track six, To the End, is the quintessential Bloom song - beautiful voice, powerful lyrics, and a simple guitar background. The message of the music washes over you without overwhelming you, painting a clear picture about true friendship. It is my favorite track on the EP.
There is also a short 28 second "hidden track." that caps the EP and marks it as another Bloom classic.
Bloom is coming to Missoula on Friday, October 25, 2013 to celebrate the release of Big Dreams. She will be performing at the Missoula Winery at 7 p.m. If I were not involved in rehearsal for the upcoming MCT production of Spamalot, I would definitely be there, but I strongly encourage every serious music lover to check her out. I guarantee Bloom will blow you away with her performance.