Bloom blossoming

Amanda Canzurlo, Bloom, sings at Disconnect Festival.
Amanda Canzurlo, Bloom, sings at Disconnect Festival.

FOR her 28th birthday, Amanda Canzurlo celebrated by performing her first showcase at The Ellington Jazz Club.

So it only felt fitting to return two years later to mark her 30th birthday with the launch of her first EP.

Canzurlo, who records and performs as Bloom, is an emerging singer/songwriter who describes her sound as ambient pop.

�I don�t think it�s super-alternative just yet but I think it will become a little more alternative,� she said.

�The ambience is just super-chill.

�There�s all these electronic sounds in there and they are still catchy � that�s where the pop is � but then the ambience comes in from all these cool reverse sounds we�ve got going on and these electronica sounds.�

To try and further describe her sound, she tells of a show she performed in Melbourne earlier this year.

�I�m in a pub and there�s no seating, everyone�s standing, and halfway through my set, everyone just starts to sit down and they�re in this trance,� she said.

�It was the weirdest thing.

�I was like �oh my gosh, what have I done to this crowd�?

�I was just the support act that night so really they weren�t even there to see me but they were so silent and captivated and in this trance and that just created this ambience.�

Canzurlo said her self-titled debut EP, which was 18 months in the making, was like nothing she had done before.

�My stuff before this was all kind of pop rock, but now I�ve entered into the more Lana Del Rey, Banks kind of vibe, so I really had no idea what we were going to create when we started creating it,� she said.

�I think it is a good representation of Bloom but I think I want the next lot of stuff to be a little edgier, a little more electronic, a little more alternative, a bit darker.�

She said the change in style was simply because she had grown up.

�I went through some pretty tragic moments in my mid-20s where a young cousin died, an ex boyfriend died, my grandfather died and in a few years I�d lost a lot of people close to me; I just went in to a pretty dark place I suppose,� she said.

�So I just wrote about it. I wrote about love, loss, death, all those kinds of things I was experiencing in my 20s and I just felt like I�d outgrown that other genre� so my music started to get a little deeper.

�Just as I got older, I thought �what�s my message here? Who do I want to be as an artist?�

�I love this kind of music; anything that pulls on the heartstrings and can make a stranger cry.

�That�s why I decided to change my name to Bloom, because I felt Amanda didn�t suit the style and I wanted to have a completely different identity to match this style of music that was a new grown up version of me.�

Canzurlo and her band (Joel Hopson on keys and Matt Milford on percussion) are gearing up to perform their first festival gig at Disconnect Festival this weekend.

�It�s nice to see your name up there with Chet Faker and Meg Mac and Pond and a whole bunch of other artists,� she said.

�It�s definitely a big deal for us.�

We�re in the gothic chapel which we�re really excited about.

�I think we�re going to strip it back as acoustic as possible.

�I think the sound in there is going to be wicked and that will add to the ambience as well.

�There�ll be something in there for everyone.

�Anyone who wants to just come in for a little bit of a chill should come and see us for sure because we will put you in some kind of trance.

�My voice is quite deep so if anyone likes those nice, earthy tones and they just want to disconnect from the world, no pun intended, come and see us.�

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Disconnect Festival

When: December 11-13

Where: Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra

Tickets: www.disconnectfestival.com.au