The Night’s Bloom

Pinetop Seven

The Night’s Bloom continues the band’s tradition of pairing abstract storytelling with an unusual musical sense, drawing inspiration from the likes of John Fahey’s “American Primitives” (Skip James, Dock Boggs) to the avant-garde musics of Harry Partch and Moondog. From the singer-songwriter laments of Jackson Frank and Tim Hardin, to the haunted film scores of Angelo Badalamenti (David Lynch) and Nino Rota (Federico Fellini). The cryptic tales are stark and personal, and bring to mind the narratives of Jim Jarmusch, Raymond Carver and John Fante.

Pinetop Seven employs an extremely broad palette of both found sounds and man-made instrumentation to bring their cinematic music to life. Marimbas, vibraphones, shoe-horns, loops, accordions, melodicas, pump organs, all take their place next to more traditional guitars, a thrift store drum kit, and double bass. Additionally, for The Night’s Bloom, the band recruited the talents of The Parapluie Ensemble, to help render the elegant string arrangements, giving this album a dignity and grace never fully realized with previous albums.

The Night’s Bloom was recorded in the band’s Chicago attic space, with fifteen musicians contributing to the effort. As with previous records, the band handled all engineering duties, recording on a 16 track analog tape machine and home computer.


“The Night’s Bloom is a stunning record. One of the year’s best.”
– Pop Matters

“The Night’s Bloom should place the band alongside Iron & Wine and Calexico as the best of bewildering and beautiful Americana. Eerily noir, bubbling with tension and possibility. The most evocative and sweeping realization yet of Pinetop Seven’s particularly cinematic aesthetic.”
– Pitchfork

“To say that Chicago’s Pinetop Seven’s fifth record and first for Empryean is epic is an absolute understatement.”
– Exoduster

“A coming of age. Memorably graceful.”
– Uncut

“A true thing of beauty. Branching out in every direction and using every instrument within reach to craft the kind of Midwest alternative country tome that groups like Okkervil River and Calexico have only hinted at.”
– All Music Guide


  1. The Night’s Bloom
  2. Easy Company
  3. Fringe
  4. A Fire Burns at the Foot of Our Bed
  5. Born Among the Born Again
  6. A Mouthful of Expensive Teeth
  7. June
  8. A Page from the Desert
  9. All That Remains
  10. His Aging Miss Idaho
  11. Untitled
  12. Witness
  13. Made a Whisper Out of Me
  14. The Comedy Is Ended

Released: 2005-10-01

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