Article by Del Chaney
London-based noisy indie-poppers Flowers have just released an eleven-track monolith entitled 'Everybody's Dying To Meet You' via the marvellous Fortuna Pop Records (UK) and Kanine Records (USA). Flowers have a sound that magically leans towards those shimmering, hazy days of early 4AD, with a late '80s dreampop-era vocal arrangement underlined by noisy, reverberating guitar structures and pounding drums. Collectively they have perfected a beautiful and effortless sonic synergy between the light and shadier moments on this release, with each track constructed perfectly to peak and trough at just the right time.
'Intrusive Thoughts' is simply stunning! Its opening melodic salvos remind me of Welsh dreampop outfit Golden Fable and indiepop favourites Tuff Love but it's that dual vocal attack that has me hooked. Up next, 'How Do You Do' is a glorious indiepop standard melded with layers of fuzzy, hypnotic guitars! Pounding percussion hits announce the arrival of 'Tammy' and we're back, vocally, into dreamy 4AD territory but with added layers of distorted guitars and throbbing bass. 'Russian Doll' screams PJ Harvey while 'My Only Friend' is beautifully melodic with its shimmering guitars, steadying drum pattern and intense, in your face, vocal lines.
The album's closer is a slow melodic bruiser that crawls within a whirlwind of stunning sound. 'Bathroom Sink' uses its quieter moments to showcase the seemingly impenetrable vocal abilities that Flowers seem to have whilst controlling the distortion just enough to lift the track when needed. 'Everybody's Dying To Meet You' is a thoroughly enjoyable jaunt through noisy, reverberating indiepop. Recommended listening for fans of Cocteau Twins, Golden Fable and Tuff Love.
Buy: 'Everybody's Dying to Meet You'
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