The commonality that all Moore’s tracks share is the vintage sound of an electric piano, and a wish to ask truly personal questions of both herself and the listener
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‘We Used To Bloom’ is not titled as an allusion to lost youth, but relates more the personal growth that Denai Moore has experienced in the making of the album:
“I chose (‘We Used To Bloom’) because I felt like I’m in the growing aspect of my life,” she explains. “There’s something about blossoming and blooming that I associate with being younger, but now I’m older and I’m really coming to understand myself as a person. We used to bloom; now we grow.”
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The album’s production is pretty broad in its pallet of sounds. Looming choirs back up Moore as she laments in ‘Do They Care?’, whilst popping drum machines accompany her in ‘Does It Get Easier?’. Moore’s soulful vocal tracks are often set out in a way not dissimilar to Solange in her album ‘Seat At The Table’. Her voice is often split and altered to give an impression of an echo within the tracks. ‘All The Way’ featuring Kwabs for example, features much of the stripped down production and a focus on vocals that Solange frequently techniques in her latest album.
The commonality that all Moore’s tracks share is the vintage sound of an electric piano, and a wish to ask truly personal questions of both herself and the listener. Track titles aside, there are many instances across the album that relate to an uncertain future “maybe there’s more to come” in ‘All The Way’ for example, looks longingly and hopefully towards the future, despite the growing pains that she has left behind.
Denai Moore’s latest album is a lovely and minimal glance into the psyche of a young woman who has and continues to grow. ‘We Used To Bloom’ is available on the 16th of June via Because Music.