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Myles Bullen (he/they) (Absentee Shawnee) is a self-described “migratory, songbird, rap seamstress, art poet” hailing from Portland, ME. Their music is influenced by indie rock bands, underrated rappers, spoken word poets, and soft, folk melodies. Bullen has toured the US and parts of Europe performing at music venues, colleges, recovery centers, prisons, festivals, coffee shops, and opera houses. They have released several EPs, and multiple albums on the internet including their latest, Mourning Travels (Fake Four Inc. January 2022), which includes the single “Ordinary Magic,” and features Armand Hammer’s Billy Woods (see the video here).

“[On “Ordinary Magic,” Bullen] shows off a trippy, abstract delivery [reminiscent] of R.A.P. Ferreira, and Woods counteracts that with a booming, direct verse that’s as bulletproof as you’d expect. – Brooklyn Vegan

“The intersection of rap and introversion doesn’t seem to be particularly populous—if anything, the genre has traditionally been an outlet for otherwise-shy kids to express themselves more confidently than anywhere else. Thus leaving the lane wide open for someone like Myles Bullen to come through and drop an album like Mourning Travels, which often feels more like sing-songy poetry than hard-hitting bars, with only a handful of soft-voiced, bedroom-confined emcees of yore—such as Otem Relik and Deathbomb-signee Hareld—setting a precedent. With ideas and sounds carrying over from their last record, Healing Hurts, Mourning Travels is a continuation of the journey toward recovery, comfortably translating all the twists along the way into interesting left-turn instrumental and lyrical choices.”  – Flood Magazine 

“Here it’s clear he’s evolved. Meditation, mental health, introspection, and the language of therapy are woven into everything here, right alongside anti-capitalist messages and concerns about climate change. He’s connected the dots. ” – Portland Phoenix 

“Mourning Travels is my continued travelog entry on grief” says Bullen. “Wading through the waters of mental health, friendship and tenderness through a painful yet playful lense. From the anarchist, ukulele sing-talk diddy about the apocalypse, to a soft, lofi-folk tune about being a very small creature, to a screaming dream-pop anthem about not killing yourself, Mourning Travels is a coffee table eulogy; a fruit basket; a train ride; a long walk. Mourning Travels is best listened to on a long walk going somewhere you’ve never been.

Healing Hurts Album review by SCRATCHED VINYL

https://scratchedvinyl.com/reviews/myles-bullen-healing-hurts/

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/12/31/arts-culture/100-essential-maine-albums-of-the-decade/

“The second album from rapper and spoken word artist Myles Bullen is louder and more cohesive than his 2017 debut, which makes a sturdier platform for him to rep his style — conscious, vulnerable and all about healing. He’s a young dude, but brave, and he’s got a ton of folks on his side.”

https://getradplaid.com/myles-bullen-opens-up-about-new-mothers-day-single-video

“Rapper Myles Bullen has released a song and video dedicated to his Mom.”

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/01/27/society-notebook-musicians-rock-and-roll-the-camera/

Artist works with Maine students to publish book of poetry

“Bullen encouraged her to not only look back but to look at “the dichotomy of what was and what it is now, and how it’s changed. I think that that would be really powerful.”

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mylesthebullen@gmail.com

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