Crisp and soulful vocals emerge up front and intimate as an ambient, immersive Bloom introduces the thoughtful, poetic and expressive sound of Freddy Leone.
Aptly bright and increasingly colourful, Bloom follows a long-form melody initially, backed by a simplicity of sound-design underneath – the move being to really gift that atmospheric vibe and simultaneously keep the focus on these contemplative, imagery-laden lyrics.
Later on, as the title and hook roll into view, the music kicks up a few notches – subtle yet effective – and the opposite proves to be true; the focus is on the energy, the melody, before we switch back to following the story and its revelations along once again.
Metaphorically vast yet relatable in its vision of love and gratitude for a significant other, Bloom‘s lyrics read not unlike a sonnet from eras past. Leone delivers the words almost like classic RnB with a twist of historic soul, but the words themselves transcend this fusion of eras and genres, shining light on a whole new side of what’s possible when creativity and passion guide the way.
The writing is incredibly original, yet still familiar enough to connect with a broader audience. As such, Bloom works its magic all the more so with each revisit. Hopefully there’s plenty more music to come.