Oklahoma City duo Blooming offer up an intriguing mix of heavy rock and metal with elements of electronica and R&B. They’re also the first band we’ve ever spoken to from Oklahoma!
The duo of Austin Link and Trace Brown just released debut single Desamor ahead of their first EP Blueshift, which will be out this autumn (fall). And it’s turned out pretty well for a song that “we couldn’t figure out how to start and finish it, let alone write lyrics to it.”
The track opens up with cool stabbing guitars with little string bursts, then a spinning guitar lick drops into a verse of fast-paced vocals. Then a big cry of “You can run, you can hide but you, You’re mine first” feeds into an atmospheric chorus led by vocals “You’re everything I hate of myself, And I know we’re gonna make it somehow, Watching me watch you just like you need my desamor” over a spinning guitar lick and big backing vocals.
A second verse of almost spoken vocals ends in big guitars that feed into another chorus, then a guitar solo drops into laid-back vocals and light guitars and drums. That suddenly gives way to electronic noises, light guitars and Spanish vocals, then a big section of heavy guitars and spinning synths bring the track to an interesting ending. Check it out in the video below:
We had a chat with vocalist Trace Brown to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Blooming? And where are you from?
TB: “Blooming is a musical project between Austin Link and myself. We are from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We were formerly known as Strange Seasons, but following a shift in momentum and creative outlook, we decided to rebrand for the music and direction had completely changed.
We’ve known each other since high school and have been through a few musical projects together. Many things have changed since then, but the love for creating has remained the same.”
GR: You just released Desamor. What should people be expecting from the song?
TB: “My hope is that anyone who listens leaves wanting more. This song in particular wasn’t actually meant to leave the cutting room floor as we couldn’t figure out how to start and finish it, let alone write lyrics to it.
“Eventually, Austin finished the instrumental, and before I began writing lyrics to it, I had been watching a few movies in which the subject matter pertained to a crazy ex-lover seeking revenge. It seemed like an interesting subject, and I also wanted to see how that dynamic related to mental health, so a did a tiny bit of research into that. After that, the lyrics and melodies came quickly, and I had the vocals tracked in about a day. A few finishing touches with effects and the song was finished.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
TB: “If you like heavier, instrumental music, but also have a taste for R&B, you’ll probably be able to find something you like in one of our songs.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
TB: “It honestly varies from song to song. Sometimes we may start out with a specific concept in mind, but we also might want to focus heavily on the theory behind the songwriting. Desamor specifically was a fictional work, but the most of the rest of our music delves into more ambiguous, yet emotional topics. More than anything, however, we draw feelings and emotions from our own lives and try to translate it into music where we see fit.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
TB: “It changes constantly, but right now I’d say artists and bands like Dance Gavin Dance, Issues, Dayseeker, and Landon Tewers were in mind when we wrote the EP. For future works, we’re looking at more experimental, R&B outlets.
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?
TB: “With the current state of things, I don’t think gigs or shows are in the conversation, but we’ve talked about things like live streams, podcasts, or track commentary. We already have new music written which we’ll finish recording by the end of August. It will be quite different from the EP, but the goal is to sort of push the envelope with these things. I think everyone will be satisfied.”