On The Rise: Bloomsday

Rough Trade Records

March 5th, 2024

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Bloomsday is the tender, cerebral project of the NYC-based Iris James Garrison.

Their debut, self-produced record, Place to Land, was released in June 2022 on Bayonet Records, an album largely about transitioning and finding a home in their identity, body, and in other people. They released the single, “Jersey Soccer,” via Hardly Art‘s 15th Anniversary Singles Series.

Bayonet is releasing Bloomsday’s sophomore LP, Heart of the Artichoke on June 7, 2024, with their first single “Dollar Slice” out today. Co-produced by Babehoven’s Ryan Albert and mixed by Henry Stoehr of Slow Pulp, the record was crafted with a wide range of collaborators, including inventive drumming from Andrew Stevens (Lomelda, Hovvdy), Alex Harwood, Richard Orofino, Babehoven’s Maya Bon, Hannah Pruzinsky (h.pruz, Sister.), and Chris Daley (Tomberlin).

We’re excited to announce Bloomsday as part of Rough Trade On The Rise, our dedicated curation putting a spotlight on the emerging music we are the most excited for you to hear, to follow and become a fan of. Read on to discover more about the artist in their own words and check out Heart Of The Artichoke out June 7th on Bayonet Records.

Bloomsday on Bloomsday

a self-penned bio.

Five by Five

5 Qs, 5 As 

Describe Bloomsday in 5 words

honest, catchy, warm, twangy, melodic

5 records you listened to prior to making your album? 

Dragon New Warm Mountain by Big Thief

Boat Songs by MJ Lenderman

A Collection of Bird Songs by Acre Memos

Last Room by waveform*

22 Degree Halo by 22 Degree Halo

I know this is a 6th one but Tapestry by Carole King is my overall favorite album. 

 Top 5 career moments?

Opening for Courtney Barnett, 

playing our first music festival, 

playing Bowery Ballroom, 

playing a packed LA show at the Echo opening for Becca Mancari 

hearing my music played on WFUV

You host a pre-release listening party for the album. Who are your 5 VIP guests (dead or alive)?

Carole King, James Taylor, Adrianne Lenker, Arthur Russell, Alanis Morrisette 

Top 5 essential tour snacks

plain sourdough pretzels

snap pea crisps

these vegan chickpea cheese puffs (weird but incredible)

beef jerky

whole foods hot food bar


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