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Golden Bloom
March To The Drums
The Slepy West
www.goldenbloom.net


Can thirteen minutes worth of music really be considered an "album"? Not really. So while time was of the essence, Golden Bloom managed to write a pretty dang good EP of sorts in March To The Drums. Sure, there are 6 songs; however only 3 break the 2:30 mark, leaving the others to provide soft transitions.

"Rhyme The Reason" is one of the peppiest songs I've heard in a long time. Even with tempos like that of elevator music coming up in the choruses, the meat of the song consists of jolly melodies. The mixture of upper notes on both the synths and the keys generate a smile from ear-to-ear. Melodies are stripped bare and synths are swapped for heavier guitars in the song "You Go On (& On)". The keys are still present but have taken to a feeling of 1980's electronics. The only confusing bit is in the middle when harmonies come together in a sentiment oddly reminiscent of The Beatles. It just doesn't quite fit with the rest of the song. "We Have Grown" is the last full song on the record and takes you back to the mellow emotions originally felt in "You Go On (& On)". We've got our 1980's Casio again, and it's brought in every once in a while to keep the slight dance groove going. The song transitions to hand claps and happy harmonies near the end to round off the experience in a pleasant way.

Was it the right choice to put out an album with only 3 proper songs? I'm not entirely sure. The record has its strengths; however placing it in an LP might have given it a few more muscles.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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