Instrumentally, the iridescent indie-pop of Everybody’s Dying To Meet You almost amounts to a more direct take on late’80s/early ’90s underground staples like Galaxie 500 and Cocteau Twins. Mixing reverb-laden guitar leads and bass lines with a heavy crunch, the atmosphere of Flower’s sophomore album is spacious without sparsity, maintaining a sense of heaviness that doesn’t disrupt its clarity. With all this in mind, the album turns out to be more of a refreshing allusion to its influences than an attempt at emulation. Perhaps the most unique element on the trio’s sonic pallet is the voice of Rachel Kenedy. Celestial without losing its solidity, the lead singer and one-string bassist’s crystal-clear falsetto might sound just as at home in a choir as it does amidst all the dirt and reverb.
There’s something about vocalists like Rachel Goswell and Bilinda Butcher that not only epitomizes the sound of their era but will always and forever just sound so right. And while there aren’t too many bands in the current musical stratosphere who can satisfy this craving — though many certainly try — Flowers have created something that will allow you to finally take those old Cranberries cassettes off repeat and get a fresh take on an your favorite sounds. Listen below.
Everybody’s Dying To Meet You is out 2/12 on Kanine. Pre-order it here.