An engaging performer who loves dancing with the audience, Bluhm has been writing and performing for over 10 years. He’s been honing his craft all along, in Philadelphia for the first few years, playing at theaters and cafes. And more recently in Hudson, NY, working at the stellar music venue Helsinki Hudson. (By day, he’s also a long-time Etsy Admin.)
Bluhm has many many more songs in production, including: what will be an album of acoustic guitar, strings, and piano; a collection of Brill Building-inspired pop tunes; and more dancey synth pop.
Stephen’s songs, like him, have a self-effacing and modest appeal. But after years of honing his sound performing at places like the stellar music venue Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY, along with countless shows all up and down the I-95 corridor, Stephen’s talent is confidently laid bare on this first album. With help from Upstate NY friends like Otto Hauser on drums and the album mastering handled by Peerless Mastering in Boston, MA, this record is polished and persuasive. But also delicate and direct—more aspects of Stephen’s ability to pull back the curtain of his world and let you in.
With an east coast tour in the works for mid-2018, and continued shows from NYC to Albany, NY, Stephen is eager to bring this album into people’s lives. Check the relatable lyrics in the upbeat and sensitive song “Why I Belong Here”. Or the advice given over REM-like acoustic chords in “My Old Friends”. And then the almost-toy-sounding-synth on the personally confessional “The Easy Come and Go”—Stephen covers being in your early twenties in an alluring but odd way, wondering what it all may mean, with a little bit of power pop, disco, 1980s synth, and even some musical theater thrown in for good measure.