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Florist

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Florist

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  • Florist

    <P><A HREF="http://florist.life/" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">WEBSITE</A> | <A HREF="https://www.facebook.com/floristband/" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">FACEBOOK</A> | <A HREF="https://www.instagram.com/mlesprg/" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">INSTAGRAM</A> | <A HREF="https://twitter.com/emyspraguemusic" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">TWITTER</A> | <A HREF="https://open.spotify.com/artist/0VIiIxTNLeJOPoMLabwNtr" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">SPOTIFY</A> | <A HREF="https://florist.bandcamp.com/" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">BANDCAMP</A> </P><P>“It’s a portrait of who we are as collaborators, as really long term friends and as extended family as well,” leader Emily Sprague says of her band’s new self-titled album. </P><P>Florist is also the strongest album of the band’s decade-long career, an immersive work that conveys the magic of the earth and of family, and the whole of the band’s heart. It arrives just after the cap of a winding journey. In 2017, shortly after the release of the band’s sophomore record, If Blue Could Be Happiness, Sprague sequestered herself in Los Angeles, thousands of miles away from friends and family, and from the physical void and spiritual crisis left in the wake of her mother’s death. There, she took up surfing and released Emily Alone, which was essentially a solo album released under the Florist moniker. Only after months of self reflection and therapy did Sprague realize that life in a silo is no way to live. That a life directed by fear is not much of a life. “The trauma response to losing my best friend, my mom, was to feel really afraid to get close to anybody ever again,” she says. “It’s sort of cheesy, but I realized that life is better when you share it. The answer isn’t to isolate yourself and be alone.” So she began writing Emily Alone’s companion, the other side of the binary, a record that rings distinctly of Sprague’s tender and poetic spirit, filled with nature and wonder and tears, but without all the loneliness and seclusion. She also adopted a dog, who, she says, “completely changed my life.” “My mind just started exploding with all these thoughts about what it means to live with others, and live with love and care collaboration.” Then, for all of June of 2019, amid a hot and rainy summer, the band convened in a rented house in the Hudson Valley, to live and work together. It was the first time the quartet recorded that way, and for that long. “In the past we’d meet up for a couple of days, or one day here and there,” Spague recalls. “Living together for a month is a really big part of why the arrangements are the way they are, and also why the instrumentals are such a huge part of the record.” They set up their gear on the screened-in front porch, which looked out onto a canopy of trees, allowing the sounds of nature to play a leading role through out. Then, they experimented. The production and recording of the album directly reflects the organic ways in which the band worked that month, with whispering voices, crickets, rain and birds accenting the aleatoric quality of the instrumentation, each player drawing from the communal energy of the woods and their interpersonal bonds. Poignant, guitar-centric meditation “Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)” carries on Sprague’s concern with love, loss and the natural world. “She’s in the birdsong/She won’t be gone,” she sings of her late mother, proffering a merciful sense of resolve. “Feathers” finds her facing her fears over threads of bowed guitar while “Dandelion” meditates on the beauty of our finite existence, pairing synth and fingerpicking with the spirit of Emily Dickinson. </P>

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  • Marc Merza

    <P><A HREF="http://www.marcmerza.com/" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">WEBSITE</A> | <A HREF="http://www.instagram.com/marchaelmerza" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">INSTAGRAM</A> | <A HREF="https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZSjPaI82s1DIxhtCbqGPZ" REL="nofollow noopener noreferrer">SPOTIFY </A> </P><P>Marc Merza (born Marchael San Felix Merza, May 13, 1988) is a Filipino-American artist and musician based in Los Angeles, California. His recordings are at times improvisational and spontaneous, and other times, heavily crafted, sculpted and reworked. He has spent the past ten years performing and collaborating with other musicians in Brooklyn, Oakland, Tokyo, Lisbon, Manila and beyond. He often composes on guitar, clarinet and Kulintang (a Filipino gong set) to speak to others, but the use of tape loops, field recordings and electronic equipment are not foreign in Marc’s music. His last record Desolation Tape has a mixture of these elements, but is focused centrally on the clarinet.</P>

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