Title - 'Pieces of Me'
Artist - Camille Bloom
Seattle-based Camille Bloom is one incredible, truly dynamic musician who has been extensively touring North America and Europe for over a decade. Having already gotten her tracks placed in many television shows over those years, her brand new album Pieces Of Me is due out in September (2016) - and being that it is the first the musician has produced on her own, be prepared for something rather delightful to come your way.
Gibson endorsed international touring artist Bloom’s 8th studio album and 5th full-length was actually funded by a successful campaign raising $27,000 from fans around the world. With regards to the new collection, Camille notes, “This album encompasses all of the parts of me – the producer and the artist, the folker and the rocker, the balladeer and the brazen. I have always put my heart into my songs but this time, my heart was in charge of how each song was presented. This is the most honest work I have ever put forth, even shining light on the variable nature of my songs– and it couldn’t have been accomplished without my fans, who helped me raise enough to build my own studio and put my work first.”
We begin with the emotional storytelling arc of 'Lift Me Up', a track that is as crisp, as clear, as powerful a sentiment of love as I think I've ever heard. The flamenco guitar styling of the fun and jaunty title track, 'Pieces of Me' is next, and that is backed by both the countrified 'Hit the Road' and then the lush lullaby 'Turn Back to You.'
For me it's the next track that showcases the albums unique fabric, 'Zombie.' Nothing to do with those Walking Dead beasties, it's all about our love, our devotion, the zombie-like trance state we enter into when we stare into the abyss known as the internet! Again, a very clever, very observant work of lyrical art, it just pulsates perfectly here on Bloom's album as we hit the midway point.
The haunting remains of an empty world post break up is next in the form of 'Everywhere But Here', and is followed both 'I Refuse To' and the uber playful 'Nice to Meet You'. But it's the delicate musings of 'Novocaine' that steal the show in the latter half of this brilliant album. A track that recounts the fact that the dulling features of pills and such are never the true answer to the pain we feel, for those of us that sometimes rely of such things, well, it rings true and hits home at the same time.
The beautiful piano work of 'In Another Life' is next and allows Bloom to drift musically back to, we assume, her childhood - or a version of it, at the very least. Bloom, one very assured storyteller, is again at her finest here, and it's tracks like this that you just beg that she comes to your town so you can see her perform these songs live. The album then rounds out with 'Lift Me Up (Dance Remix)', but if you are anything like me, it hardly ends there - for hitting repeat is the only logical thing to do, trust me!