The Bloomvilles – long-awaited launch of honest music

COVID-19 restrictions have been the bane of every musician’s existence for the past two years, but at last, Sydney-Geelong duo The Bloomvilles will launch their self-titled album this weekend.

The album was recorded in isolation during 2020 between Geelong and Sydney, produced in Natte Yallock in rural Victoria by  Jack Jones and mixed by Reggie Bowman; both from Southern Sons.

The duo of Melinda Jackson and Joseph Calderazzo have been playing gigs together for many years in Sydney before they formed The Bloomvilles.

When they began to record their debut album, Melinda and Joseph were both living in Sydney, but halfway through recording, Joseph moved and then COVID-19 restrictions hit and the process became a little more challenging.

Even with the challenges of distance, Joseph said he loved that he was more relaxed making this album.

“I loved that I didn’t feel the same pressure that you feel in the studio and I could do my parts whenever I wanted, I tracked them however I wanted to and I could do as many takes as I needed,” he said.

“I got to try ideas at home and I found that to be really good.”

Melinda had the extra challenge of having her eight-year-old son running around while recording her vocals.

“I do a lot of work from home, but I never expected my vocal that I recorded at home to be the one that appeared on the album,” she laughed.

“My eight year old is running around and I’m recording vocals. I’ve done quite a bit of session work from home, so I didn’t mind working from home, but the good part of making the record under these circumstances was that it was all we had to focus on in the first wave of COVID, other than our families. We felt like we were doing something, at a time when you could really get yourself in a place where you’re feeling low, so that kept us going creatively and emotionally.”

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