Burst and Bloom

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Burst and Bloom
EP by Cursive
Released July 23, 2001
Genre Indie rock
Length 21:56
Label Saddle Creek Records
Producer Cursive, Mike Mogis
Cursive chronology
Burst and Bloom
The Ugly Organ
(2003)The Ugly Organ2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars link
Punknews.org 4.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10) link
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) link

Burst and Bloom is an EP by American indie rock band Cursive, released in 2001 on Saddle Creek Records. It is the band's first release with cellist Gretta Cohn. Some lyrics in the song "Sink To The Beat" reference the song-writing process and their record label ("This is the latest from Saddle Creek"). This theme would carry over to Cursive's next full length, The Ugly Organ, which again contained songs referencing the song writing process ("Art Is Hard").

The opening to Tracks 2 and 4, "The Great Decay" and "Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?", are prominently featured in the Emogame, and its sequel Emogame 2.

On April 21, 2012, Burst and Bloom was re-released on limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day

This album is the 35th release of Saddle Creek Records.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Sink to the Beat" 4:13
2. "The Great Decay" 4:17
3. "Tall Tales, Telltales" 5:08
4. "Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?" 4:18
5. "Fairytales Tell Tales" 4:02


Technical personnel
  • Doug Van Sloun - mastering
  • Mike Mogis - recording, production


Midwestern emo/pop-punk band Motion City Soundtrack reference this album title in the lyrics "you're the reason why I burst and why I bloom", from "Hold Me Down".

The title Burst and Bloom may be a reference to the Washington, D.C. band Smart Went Crazy; another indie rock band that prominently featured a cellist (Hillary Soldati). The chorus Of Smart Went Crazy's 1997 song "A Good Day" includes the lyrics "Burned to the ground, we knew it would Burst into Bloom, healthy and good..."

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