Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Sun Day with Dead Heart Bloom

With a name like “Dead Heart Bloom,” you’re not going to explore fields of mountain flowers, bright sunshine, and the like, but pictures and music like that above and below. Okay, wait, scratch that, ixnay on the owersflay, mkay? Actually what you’re going to find is a wonderfully diverse range of mood, muse, and means, from heavyish riff to folky pick. There is, for the most part, a pleasingly dark solemnity holding things in check. Serious dude that I am, I kinda, like, dig that, ya know? I’ve known Dead Heart Bloom for awhile, (blogger cred riff checkoff), but it took a happy visit to the excellent AWmusic to get us heart-to-Heart. AWm has two excellent songs (one of which I’m posting) and news of more—much, much more. As I discovered, DHB offer up their entire catalogue for free downloading activity. Yesterday I saw a blogger make fun of bands that do that, so I made fun of the blogger (internally, that is; he’s actually a swell blogger at a swell blog, but I just had to get it out of my system somehow or ‘tother). But I ramble.

Here’s a few facts. The band began in 2005 as a one-manner. Boris Skalsky, former bassist, singer, and keyboardist of Washington, D.C. band Phaser recorded a self-titled debut in 2006 and eventually recruited phormer Phaser guitarist Paul Wood, bassist Nathan Goheen, and drummer John Hadfield, along with various guests who help out in concert and in the studio. (You could be reading all of this at the bandsite, but there you are, or rather here.) The four songs I’m posting aren’t necessarily representative—diversity, as I said—but they’ve certainly made my sunny day, and more to come, bud. I usually post fast ones first and calm down; this set builds.

Dead Heart Bloom
New Messiah mp3 - from Dead Heart Bloom
Is This The Way? mp3 - from 2008's Fall In EP, as is:
Come Back mp3
There Is No Mercy mp3 - from 2008's Oh Mercy EP

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