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ARTIST
TITLE
Flowers
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
MORR 120CD MORR 120CD
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RELEASE DATE
2/19/2013

Flowers is the third solo album from Icelandic alt-pop singer/songwriter Sin Fang. Although there is a certain reassuring quality to evergreens -- you can rely on them to never drop their foliage -- it's the flowering plants, the ones that bud, blossom, and bloom, which really light up and even define a season. This is exactly what happens on Flowers. Seabear's founder and mastermind unleashes a melodic spring storm and explores the corners of the lush and baroque gardens he spent the last five years in. Following his Half Dreams EP, Flowers is a solo album that opens with a lot of collective chanting, a sense of deep rootedness, togetherness, unity, and shared experience: "We were young boys, smoking in the woods, I showed you how," are the first words Sindri Már Sigfússon sings before leapfrogging across the lawn and switching on the stage lights for his own take of stadium pop. It's so massive, so outspokenly pop when the beat meets the layered vocals and the piano comes in just at the right moment. "I was thinking a lot about pre-teenage and teenage feelings," Sindri explains. "The exaggerated feelings and dramatic thoughts that most teenagers go through: love and rejection, the constant ups and downs... I thought Flowers was a good name for that theme as they are used both for sad and happy occasions." This is a bold statement that's a million miles away from cliché Icelandic indie stuff. There's clearly a ghost at work here as Sigfússon gathers more and more rosebuds and moves from epically marching ("Look At The Light") to overgrown power pop ("Not Enough") and back via lots of oh-uh-oh-uh-oohs (going up and down like distant hills) to fast-paced bliss ("Sunbeam"). "Weird Heart" takes a look at the things one doesn't care about as one gets older ("so many things don't mean a thing to me"), while "Feel See" is a call for like-minded individuals out there, as it moves from section to section, pushing onwards, now hesitant and soft-spoken, hopeful about the answer to the question it poses: "Is there someone that feels like me, that there's nothing to feel or see?" There's lots. To feel. To see. To discover and dive into. At least in this garden there is. Recorded & produced by Alex Somers (producer for Sigur Rós and Jónsi).