FOR her 28th birthday, Amanda Canzurlo celebrated by performing her very 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.”
Canzurlo said her debut self-titled 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, Kelly Clarkson vibe, 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 now 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.
“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.
“There’ll be something in there for everyone.”