Flowers follow up their Bernard Butler produced debut with Dying to Meet You, on vinyl LP and CD. Their dreamy shoegaze-inspired sound reminds us of the golden-age of 4AD records, when guitars were chilled and vocals hushed. The fuzzy, slightly melancholy sound of this three-piece strike a perfect balance of punk and pop.
5/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 February 2016Flowers are that most popular breed - an average indie pop band. They have neither great tunes, a great sound, a great singer, originality or good musicianship. Instead they do just enough to get by. They are the now version of the Parachute Men. They make the sort of fuzzy indie that was popular in 1986 and has been back in vogue for a couple of years. Their lyrics are about relationship break ups, their melodies are recycled from the past and they use the ‘Be My Baby’ drum beat seemingly without shame. ‘Bitter Pill’ will appeal to the sort of person who like Amelia Fletcher’s Heavenly, high pitched female vocals bleat out about stuff gone wrong over 60’s influenced indie. ‘Ego Loss’ has clipped and simple arrangements - no added sugary stuff here thank God. Its more than the sum of it’s parts though and therein lies it's appeal. They even have the odd enjoyable chorus - on ‘All at Once’ the guitarist emerges from his own personal stasis to boldly step on a fuzz pedal to good effect. If the singer would at some point sing in a different key it would certainly help my enjoyment of this. It's ok indie - neither good nor particularly terrible. There’s a school of thought that now mocks journalists who once slated anything with a Sarah/C86 tag but like any genre there’s good and there’s bad. It maybe heresy but maybe that 1 out of 10 review NME once gave Heavenly, if heeded, could have stopped all this at source.
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