released: August 16, 2012
1. Something Kind of Wonderful - lyrics
2. Is real - lyrics
3. Beautiful - lyrics
4. Follow You Down (Into the Sound) - lyrics
5. Here and Now - lyrics
6. The Reality Song - lyrics
7. Stacy (There Is A City Inside of You) - lyrics
8. Runnin' - lyrics
9. (I Love You) Whether Or Not You Think I Do - lyrics
10. Mercy - lyrics
12a. Bonus Track: Lakeshore Drive (Dear Iowa) - lyrics
12b. Bonus Track: Lazarus - lyrics
BLOOM (also known as BLOOM [stripped] in case I ever re-release it as studio recordings) is an album I wrote after my sophomore year of college. Its title is meant to signify a departure from my previous work: previously my albums were titled in lower-case letters only, and the word bloom signifies new life. The songs on BLOOM are, in general, more positive and hopeful than the songs on my previous albums. I had recently come to new terms with my beliefs regarding religion/faith, and that had a major impact on these songs.
The tracks on BLOOM are one-take recordings and consist of audio stripped from YouTube videos of songs I wrote over a six-month period. The quality is therefore less professional than I like, but I was anxious for people to hear the songs. The album heavily features piano, and I hope to re-record it at some point as it contains some of my favorite songs. "Something Kind of Wonderful," "Stacy (There Is a City Inside of You)'" and "Runnin'" have been re-recorded and re-released on Violets + Bones. BLOOM contains a cover of "Always Love You" by Ryanhood; this is my second Ryanhood cover, the first being "Didn't Put Anything Into Your Place" on love, faith, hope.