The Bloom / The Blossom

Swallowtail - The Bloom / The Blossom
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Based on 52 ratings
2021 Ratings: #99
Liked by 5 people
January 1, 2021 / Release Date
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Independent / Label
Post-Rock, Ambient / Genres
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swallowtail starts 2021 off with a truly beautiful album. i’m not even an ambient fan but this was good. . part of it might be that it’s not purely ambient. it combines elements of many different genres. some tracks can get a bit repetitive, but there are definitely great moments
faves: of vespertine, the bloom, the blossom, cicada, convulsion
least fave: nessu; prologue, polyps
It’s quite long, and not ambient enough to listen casually which means that it feels a little bit overly long, especially with the first 3 songs being 10 minutes long each and not particularly engaging. However, once the overwrought first half is over, and you get the more Rocky songs which are more palpable, you have some really great songs.
Unbelievably good mix of ambient, drone, shoegaze, and so much more too. AOTY 2021 ;)
Swallowtail is an artist i have never heard of and quite a young one aswell but when i saw the tags of Post-Rock and Ambient associated with this record, I was intrigued as I love that and i do love the more noisy ethereal soundscape Swallowtail manages to set within The Bloom / The Blossom and although tracks Like Nessuifunshutsuko and in essence the overall album stretches itself a bit too much, swallowtails manages to create a beautiful soundscape with some lovely textures and using ... read more
While it requires patience, The Bloom / The Blossom is one of the most rewarding albums i’ve heard in recent memory
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Added on: January 1, 2021