Bloom opens the album with a looped and delayed piano sample reminiscent of the work of minimal-composer Philip Glass.
As we’ve already mentioned, The King Of Limbs is a very rhythmically focused record. The drums that come in on Bloom are a cropped and looped sample that emphasises the rhythmic, motorik style that drummer Phil Selway has become known for through Radiohead’s live performances.
What quickly becomes clear on Bloom, and is true for the majority of TKOL, is that bassist Colin Greenwood has a major role to play. With much of the rest of the band focused on rhythmic and percussive parts it’s left to Greenwood’s basslines to lead the chord progressions and song structures - something indicative of the influence that Radiohead take from dance and electronic music.