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Bloom

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Rob Donelan
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Rob Donelan This artist was a random suggestion by Bandcamp. Once I heard "Overgrown", I was immediately impressed with the lush instrumentation and the overall soundscape. The unique looping and percussion techniques attracted me very much. My favorite thing is Somni's use of vocal harmonization, rarely of spoken word, but rather hues and suspended hums. Brings levels of euphoria wrapped in organic instruments and intriguing, nature sounding foley. Favorite track: Overgrown ft. Nabeyin.
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trevvvy Absolutely one of the best beat tapes this year. I'd buy it on physical media 100 times if I could. Favorite track: Spaces.
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Thomas Filepp Really lovely, complexly layered record.
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Somni’s Bloom is the sort of debut so rich with personality and character, so effortlessly smooth in its glide from song to song, that it’s hard to imagine Leo Shulman even breaking a sweat during its creation. But this gem of a debut, an immediate entrant into the beat scene canon, is the culmination of nearly three years of painstaking revisions and full-on reinventions. Arriving fully formed on August 17th via LA electronic staple Friends of Friends, Bloom is an unfurling, a declaration, a love letter from Shulman to the music of his life. Now a breathtakingly elegant listen, this debut was an Apocalypse Now-level creative battle between Shulman and his desired sound during these early days of creation.

The work was worth it. On Bloom, Somni displays chops he’s honed from a lifetime of musical pursuits. There’s the classical influence he inherited from his British family of musicians—his homeland until he moved to California at age eight; the beat scene cool he devoured as an LA resident during Low End Theory’s heydey; and the jazz chops he honed with his New School classmates over eight hour practice sessions during college. All of these facets of Shulman’s life coalesce into this debut Somni LP, an album indebted to influences and places, fads and moments, yet twisted and skewed to the liking of a totally unique musical voice. There’s “Overgrown,” the Nabeyin-featuring first single, filled with chopped and melted harps and strings; never before have classical instruments been introduced to the filth quite like this. “Before You” impressively ambles along with a shuffled groove, always off-kilter yet never disorienting, while “Silver” is a maximalist ode to springtime and that first day of eternal sun—images and feelings conjured without a word uttered.

These moments are just mere samples of what Somni accomplishes on Bloom, and with how astonishingly assured the record is from front to back, it’s likely just the edge of what Leo Shulman is about to explore. After three years of working towards Bloom’s eventual, well, blooming, one listen will prove it was more than worth the wait.

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released August 17, 2018

All tracks produced by Somni
Additional production from Nabeyin (track 3) and Powermitts (track 8)
Mixed and Mastered by Somni and Josh Jacobs (aka Big Soda)

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