March 18, 2010

Spring Mixtape | Bloom

Nate Larkin-Connolly started sharing his mixes with us last fall. Since then, every seasonal highlight has been successfully...Nate Larkin-Connolly-ed. Spring is a big one. We knew he'd be on it. And here we are, getting an exceptionally fresh compilation, right on cue. His preface below might have the fever:
The calendar year begins January 1st, but it doesn’t really feel like a real new year until March 20th. The first day of spring is like a Boy Scout merit badge. You made it through the winter, mostly unscathed, and as a reward you get a nice shiny new sunny day to pin on your belt. All that cold gross winter stuff was so last year. Now you’re invigorated. This year will be different. This year will have flip-flops and shorts. This year will have flowers and birds. This year will have tons of happy music. The kind of music you need to roll the windows down in car in order to really appreciate. Music that makes you build a tree house or plant a garden. Music so hopeful it seems to inspire the sun to stay up longer and longer with each passing day. Bloom features all new songs that celebrate this new year. Though some of the songs may flirt with summer exuberance, make sure not to look too far ahead. You made it through winter and spring is your victory lap. Take some to time to stop and hear the music.
Download | Spring Mixtape | Bloom

What I dig about Bloom is its slight preference towards the full band and the fearless folk song. In a strange way, I see The Morning Benders' track here as a bridge between this and my previous Random Rainbow mix. If the hazy Rainbow left you yearning for clean guitars and clear vocals, then Bloom should do the trick. And that's not to say it doesn't have some weirder rays of its own. Nicely done.

View tracklist here

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