When I received the email from new Canadian producer Jonathan Zarola, better known as UNBLOOM, I was a little skeptical. I mean how often does a producer/DJ sing their own songs? Honestly, not very often, but I gave his latest single, “Chances”, a listen because of the story behind the music.
“2017 was my first year doing music full-time,” UNBLOOM reminisced. “In that same year, my father battled a life-threatening cellulitis infection. The two events converging made me realize that second chances are not guaranteed to anyone. Although my new song is a lament, it’s as much a call-to-action; to try and embrace what we are given and make the most of it.”
It can be difficult to dismiss a track that has such a personal meaning. It was my chance – ha! – to join the call-to-action as he had so eloquently stated. “Chances” was UNBLOOM‘s opportunity to show off his talent behind the mic and he crushed it. Combine that with his skills as a producer and you have a deeply emotional EDM track that is uniquely filled with trip-hop styled synths and poetic, dark lyrics.
The initial build up into the frantic, space-y bass creates an anxious feeling that fits the motif of the song as UNBLOOM croons, “I’ve been waiting for these chances/Now I have them I can’t connect them/I’ve been waiting for these chances/Now I have them I can’t protect them”.
“‘Chances’ also deals with the Millennial anxiety of fucking up the opportunities you earn, yet being afraid to fuck up the ones you don’t – a constant state of panic and inadequacy,” the London, Ontario-based artist mused. “I think a lot of rising musicians feel this way, too.”
And I think we can take that a step further and say that it is not just millennial musicians. This is a generalized epidemic and makes “Chances” a track that could bridge the generational gap and appeal to a wider audience.
Check out the brand new single, “Chances”, by UNBLOOM on Spotify below and do not forget to purchase the song on iTunes now!
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