Brockton, MA native Lord Felix is certainly no stranger to our pages here at Lyrical Lemonade, appearing in headlines several times over the past year or so with his inimitably clear creative vision and undeniably impressive execution of this vision. Today, ending the long wait for his debut project and binding together the energy and emotion of all of his past releases, Felix is back on Lyrical Lemonade with the release of his first full-length offering, In Bloom, Forever. Personally, I’ve been waiting for this project for about two years at this point, and while that’s certainly an insane amount of time to build up anticipation for any body of work, I must say that Lord Felix delivered on his promises and then some.
Presented with a rainbow-gradient cover photo, this project embodies its artistic direction by presenting a rainbow-like range of emotions, from sun-soaked, bright yellows all the way down to an ominous black that soundtracks Felix’s lowest moments. Likewise, the title, In Bloom, Forever, tracks the progress from one color to the next, taking note that however high or low he’s feeling on a given day, Felix is always blooming and growing, both as an artist and as an individual. From the immaculate Elton John remix, “The Worst Summer Ever,” to soul-stricken cuts such as “Five Minutes” and the hard-nosed “Spring / Summer ’99”, Lord Felix is at both his most versatile and his most honest in his debut project, and more than anything else, he has provided the soundtrack to the idea that in your worst and best moments, you’re always growing as a person, regardless of circumstance or outcome.
After listening to this one all the way through a few times, I’m simply shocked seeing how well Felix is able to undertake such a wide palette of sonic atmospheres, and even further so, I can’t get over just how sincere and accurately his emotions are presented. Being from Massachusetts, I may be biased, but I would say that In Bloom, Forever, is one of my favorite projects to release so far this year. Lord Felix clearly outdid himself, and as a longtime fan, this is truly an important moment for not only Felix’s career, but for Massachusetts as a whole.
In Bloom, Forever is stellar — be sure to stream it below!
Features from Jiles, Luke Bar$, Meech, Notebook P, Jvdas, & Clyde Black