Bleed Together, the next EP in the Calliope album series, is out today. I’m proud of it. Really proud of it. Objectively I think it’s a stronger EP than Punish Me. While there are moments and songs on that which I believe to be rather quite good, as a whole Bleed Together is where I think I “found it.” To be fair, Bleed Together is far newer and perhaps I’m honeymooning a bit with it, but time will tell. It’s a much more romantic EP. Less “Punish Me,” more “Love Me.” A couple of years ago I would’ve said that I could only be truly inspired in times of duress. I sure was wrong, or I evolved. Either way, what a beautiful change of pace to move beyond that. Perhaps it’s part of getting older and the angst subsiding. This is a good thing. Bleed Together is rooted very deeply in mythology, and I attribute much of that to reading a fair amount of Joseph Campbell this year.
A little about the songs on Bleed Together:
The first two songs of this EP, Bleed Together and Leave Behind, were inspired by a summer romance. She had a mysticism about her followed by a devilish twinkle hidden behind deep blue eyes. Through her I was exposed to a magic and a beauty within the world that I’m usually too blind and cynical to see. Of course because there’s often little poetry within a happy ending (I’ve also heard it said that a happy ending merely depends on where the story stops), it was over as quickly as it began. Life threw her a curve ball followed by some extended travel, and she never fully returned. However, I’m beyond grateful for the inspiration. I hope she calls. Calliope was written for my Calliope, the queen of my muses time and time again. She knows who she is.
Listen on your preferred platform here: smarturl.it/bleedtogether