Nashville’s Idle Bloom Infuse Dark Psych-Rock With “Some Paranoia”

Idle Bloom Some Paranoia

“Some Paranoia” bursts out of the gate on a stadium-sized, bright cascading riff, a sudden pop of color before it goes under, settling into minor chords, dissonance and dissatisfaction. Instead of venturing into a messy rage to convey all her disaffection, frontwoman Olivia Scibelli keeps things pulsing behind a poker face, like a film noir heroine biding her time, and there are shades of that genre’s black-and-white menace in Idle Bloom’s sound.

They are a Nashville four-piece who have no interest in their town’s main drag, shirking country and folk for a bleak, blossoming psych-rock that would never be mistaken for down home. They sound like jazzy post-punkers Pill. They sound like pop-grunge burners Dilly Dally. Though that is good company for them to be in, they still sound distinctly southern — more Deerhunter than Dolly Parton. Just when the chill starts to hit your spine, Scibelli and Callan Dwan soften it with a glowing surge of harmonies. To round out their sound, that’s Katie Banyay playing bass like it’s a semi weaving through traffic and Weston Sparks wailing on the drums. Listen below.

Here’s the full Some Paranoia tracklist:

01 “No Body/No Control”
02 “Some Paranoia”
03 “Mind Reader”
04 “Snake in the Grass”
05 “Pride Line”
06 “Old Bone”

And their upcoming tour dates:
11/25 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
11/28 Knoxville, TN @ Jig and Reel
11/29 Cincinnati, OH @ The Yacht Club
11/30 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
12/01 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
12/02 Troy, NY @ 51 3rd
12/03 Boston, MA @ TBA
12/04 New York, NY @ Silent Barn
12/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Hong Kong Garden
12/06 Richmond, VA @ Sour Haus
12/07 Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium

Some Paranoia is out 12/4 via Theory 8 Records. Pre-order it here.


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