CD REVIEW: Foley Age by Bloom’s Taxonomy

Good records never revolve around one song alone. They’re collections of thought and poetic transmission fused into an entire tracklist, such as the case is with the new album Foley Age by Bloom’s Taxonomy. Though not necessarily unconventional by design, Foley Age rebels against mainstream standards by making each one of its songs feel like the heart and soul of an independent story; the LP itself is merely the dust jacket holding this anthology together. “Imaginary Angles” tells us its tale with percussive pulsations where “Earthrise” relies on its synthesized harmony exclusively. The commonality here? Bloom’s Taxonomy and the steady hand behind the moniker. 

Although steeped in synthetics throughout all ten of the included tracks on Foley Age, nothing sounds particularly fake or derived from some artificial place at all. “Mount Bromo” struts out of the darkness with an opium era jazziness that isn’t normally achievable in an ambient offering anchored by its synth parts alone, and much of the same can be said for “Pluvius” and “Obrigada Nada” as well. This isn’t an album some teenage kid threw together on his Microsoft Surface; this is an exhibition of multilayered artistries that together make up the identity of one Bloom’s Taxonomy. 

‘Exotic’ is a word that comes to mind quite frequently when going through the tracklist of Foley Age, and especially when getting into the black and white compositional details of “Tumbleweed Tornado,” “Cosmic Village of the Jaguars” and the LP’s namesake song. Bloom’s Taxonomy is never hesitant about utilizing a percussive assault (both minor and overbearing the same) when it benefits the sentiment of the material and the mood he’s trying to get across to us, but at no point does he fall back on indulgence as the sole avenue through which he can communicate his most powerful feelings here. 

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There’s admittedly an absence of good spacing in songs like “Pluvius” and “Locked In,” but I for one don’t see this as being anything other than an important, contributing element in the construction of the backdrop in Foley Age. Atmospheric music has been approached the same way by scores of artists and bands across rock, ambient, metal and even hip-hop in the last fifteen years, and in taking it from an insular angle as opposed to a more common method, Bloom’s Taxonomy sounds a lot more original than most any of his contemporaries are going to this season. 

While quite sophisticated in all of the departments that actually count for something, Bloom’s Taxonomy’s latest release is a sincere and accessible effort that I recommend to hardcore experimental buffs and newcomers to the genre alike. There’s a lot to unpack here if you’ve got the time to spend with all ten of the songs in the album, but even in more cursory listening sessions I’ve actually found Foley Age to be a record that’s difficult to walk away from without feeling something new and different. That’s hard to accomplish no matter how much talent an artist is working with, and it’s something Bloom’s Taxonomy should be very proud of right now. 

by Bethany Page

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