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Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: Let's Pretend

29 May 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Russian singer-songwriter Marina Bloom has embraced lockdown as a time of creativity and expression through releasing a series of singles entitled Songs of Isolation. Ordinarily influenced by the likes of Celine Dion and Fleetwood Mac, her latest single Let’s Pretend is a grungier offering than her listeners may have expected. Prolific and talented, Bloom is an artistic force to be reckoned with.

Let’s Pretend manages to be eerie and groovy at the same time. It begins with the unnerving lyric "the man in the mask is waiting for me/ I can hear his breathing on the line". The horror movie unravels further in the exposition of verse one, with Bloom describing the man’s eyes as "caressing".


Suddenly the song drops into a more dramatic soundscape. The rhythm section is epic; a booming bass and synth strings give the song a cinematic feel. Marina's vocals soar over the well-produced track, painting an apocalyptic picture.

The song slows down for a dramatic, stripped back bridge. The ominous bass rumbles in your rib cage as you wait for the drop. The payoff is satisfying. Bloom returns to a final chorus, accompanied by a chorus of backing vocals and an eerie midi xylophone.

Let’s Pretend is cinematic. Bloom builds imagery through her poetic lyrics and strong production. 2020 has thus far been a prolific year for the artist, and we are excited to see where her creative determination takes her next.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff

Marina Bloom and her band Moving Stuff are an experienced group of musicians of diverse backgrounds playing an eclectic blend of original songs.

Marina grew up in Russia singing and performing the traditional songs of her homeland. She continued singing after migrating to New Zealand. In the last couple of years she discovered songwriting and started collaborating with a local lyricist, Michael Davis and they’ve now penned over 60 songs, many of which have been recorded.

Her debut album When I Am Gone was released in Dec 2016 via New Zealand label Lost By Design. Currently getting a regular airplay on Radio NZ.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff

Releases

Back Where We Started
Year: 2019
Type: Album
When I Am Gone
Year: 2018
Type: Album

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