Florist Emily Alone

Florist Emily Alone
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Over their first two LPs, Brooklyn quartet Florist have often been described as crafting beautifully intimate music; Emily Alone doubles down on that notion. Written recorded solely by vocalist/guitarist Emily Sprague in L.A., Emily Alone is a collection recorded by a musician separated from her bandmates that comes off nakedly stark and personal, even if you weren't aware of its backstory.
 
Keeping the Florist moniker for this ten-track LP, Sprague doesn't feel the need to bring in bandmates for post-recording overdubs and rewrites, leaving tracks like the beautifully poetic "Ocean Arms" and the gentle sigh of "Rain Song" in the author's capable, bare hands.
 
But Sprague manages to keep her tracks sounding wonderfully varied and idiosyncratic, as "Celebration" evolves from a tasteful spoken word piece, while "I Also Have Eyes" takes its mood from lightly strung synth lines, and "M" works off of an effective use of a leaf-crunching SFX. Emily Alone is a landmark LP, recorded swiftly to perfectly capture urgent beauty and raw authenticity in its purest forms. (Double Double Whammy)