In the first few seconds of the debut studio album from the San Francisco Indie four-piece Carpool Tunnel, all one can hear is the light tap of a hand drum. On impact, it is simply that and nothing more; a light bongo embellishment that seemingly serves no greater purpose. However, by the end of Bloom one will realize that the same bongo is also the last thing audible on the record. It pre-phases the intro “Learning to Listen” and trails the outro “Closer”. What first seems meaningless eventually becomes the sole facet that completes the musical circle that is Bloom. This element can be seen as more than just an easter egg however, it is the musical embodiment of the bold proclamation upon the album’s cover: “Like a flower, you too shall bloom”. This little bongo begins as a mere seed, but by the end of the final track, it blooms into a gorgeous flower and becomes the link that holds the album together.
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