MITMondays: Brain Rapp- Bloom
Bloom is an album by Brain Rapp on last Friday. This project is appropriately titled being that the first day of spring was just last week and this album is centered around growth. Brandon Carlyle produced the entirety of the album which is narrated by Mike Jon. The album alternates between narration and songs in a back in forth manner until the completion of the album. Mike Jon’s voice is perfect for the job of narrator and keeps you engaged in between songs. The project is 12 tracks long, lasting just over 20 minutes with six actual songs and six narrations by Mike Jon.
As the cover art informs us, Bloom is a story of growth. The nerd in me particularly enjoyed this project because I literally relearned the process of photosynthesis. One thing that loved about this project is the track listing. Every two tracks paired together creates a sentence i.e. Be Light. Breathe Air. Find Soil. Enjoy Rain. You Bloom. Each sentence pertains to an aspect that is needed in order for a flower or person to bloom. How Brain conceptualized this project is truly phenomenal.
Not only is the concept of this album great, but the content is dope as well. While listening to this project, one will come across a lot of gems. One of my favorite lines from the project comes on the song Light. The line is "the biggest middle finger is a smile.” That’s a dope reminder to let love overshadow the hate. My favorite line from the narration that Mike Jon voices happens to be on Breathe. The line is “Sometimes the change we want or the growth we need lies just beyond our comfort zone. To flourish we have to embrace the unknown.” This one hit hard for me because that is something I am struggling with but that simply line gave me the firm affirmations I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. Lastly my favorite track off of the album is Soil. This track happens to be my favorite because it something that a lot of people go through but its rarely talked about. Following your dream or folding to pressures of making ends meet and giving up. Brain addresses this touchy subject honestly, which makes this project even more relatable.
All in all Brain Rapp delivered a quality album that has earned it place within my musical rotation. From the concept to the content, Brain did not disappoint. At a show a few months ago Brain performed the project in its entirety minus the narrations of course and it caught my attention. After hearing the completed project it only confirm what I thought during the performance was correct. The story of Brain Rapp’s Bloom is something refreshing we all need to hear as we make way for a new season. Bloom is definitely worthy of 4 Dylans. As Always…