Tanaka – “Bloom”


A dream-pop mesmerizer with a twinkling, wintry charm, “Bloom” is a gorgeous track from Tanaka, an artist from Cape Town. Written around “themes of nostalgia, love and letting go,” the track presents a sweeping sense of yearning — first evident as the “call my phone, so I’m not alone,” line leads into reflective vocal harmonizing and lush guitar trickles.

The standout chorus is wholly replay-inducing, meshing passionate vocals, effervescent synth pulses, and twangy guitar entrancement. A guitar-fronted bridge leads into lush bird-chirping, before the track reprises its mesmerizing central hook. “Bloom” is a delectably dreamy gem from Tanaka.

“Bloom” represents the third single from Tanaka’s upcoming EP, You Look Beautiful in This Light.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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