New Music: Sye Elaine Spence “Bloom” (EP)
When the music is this good and this timeless, there’s little room for fluff and not much to say except to push play so you can start the wonderful audio journey that is “Bloom,” a warm, soulful, folk-inflected EP from singer-songwriter Sye Elaine Spence. “Bloom” EP is now also available on all digital providers.
“Bloom” is refreshing yet familiar, and is the quintessential sound of spring/summer, with light instrumentation and twee arrangements. The four-track EP begins with its title track, “Bloom,” featuring a softly-plucked banjo as the sole accompaniment to Spence’s soft but poignant vocals. This instrumental arrangement is constant throughout the EP, continuing into her relaxed and romantic cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” In contrast, the third track, “You,” feels more urgent, with the repeated line “I just wanna love you” growing in volume along with the eighth-note banjo counter-melody as the song climaxes. Closing track “Long Live The Summertime” is the most obvious contributor. Its lyrics are full to the brim with summery references, including barbecue, sweet tea, and ice cream; as the song closes, a flock of birds tweet as they fly into the distance.
Says Sye, “’Bloom’ was composed from stories about my young daughter and the series of events surrounding her birth. The themes explored are melancholia, self-examination, intimacy, freedom, happiness and love.”
Sye will also be a featured performer for the eighth annual 500 SONGS FOR KIDS concert series in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, April 19 at The EARL. 500 SONGS FOR KIDS takes place every spring in Atlanta, GA – over 1000 musicians hit the stage to benefit Songs For Kids Foundation performing a countdown of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Past performers have included the likes of Janelle Monae, Cee Lo Green and Gavin DeGraw.
Sye Elaine Spence is a singer/songwriter from New York City, currently residing in Atlanta, GA. As a songwriter, she has collaborated with various artists in the New York City indie music scene since 2008. She also records and performs as a solo artist, and has previously released projects under the names We Are The Arrow, Sye Spence, and Elaine.