Published Sep 05, 2018My Flag Is a Burning Rag of Love encapsulates a moment of political and cultural collision and the aftermath as its pilot, Alexandra Mackenzie — aka Petra Glynt — seeks to guide listeners through the urban detritus of 2018 propaganda to somewhere full of light, all while evoking the likes of cultural touchstones Gloria Steinem and Salvation Mountain.
My Flag is an incredible intersection of personal, political and cultural potency that opens our line of questioning and understanding to our core identity markers. "Surveillance" is an introductory course in the internet age rat race; the line "you know all about me and I know all about you" induces goosebumps as it parallels a raucous backtrack. "It's Not Over" ties the record together, slowing into the final battle cry that sneaks beyond the length of the album and bleeds into the world outside of it.
Petra Glynt's immaculate vibrato will ravage your stereo. Here, it flits over amorphous electronic synths and shattering drum lines that propel the album at a snappy pace. Sonically, every moment is filled intricately, layer by layer, but it never interferes with the listener's ability to dance to this entire album. Petra Glynt has always been innovating, but My Flag Is a Burning Rag of Love sounds particularly like the future. (Pleasence)