You’re busy. I’m busy. Everybody’s busy. So we don’t always have time to sit down and take in a whole album of new songs. That’s where a good EP comes in handy — and lucky for you, I’ve got another trio of fresh submissions to share. You’ve got the scrappy roots-rock of Philly’s Dead Flowers, the moody beauty of Kent’s lotusbliss and the galaxy-sized space-rock of France’s L’Orchidée Cosmique. As always, I’ve included Bandcamp links wherever possible so you can buy the tunes straight from the source. Now, let’s get busy.
The Dead Flowers
The Dead Flowers
THE PRESS RELEASE: “The Dead Flowers are a Philadelphia-based five-piece rock ’n’ roll band formed in 2015. The Dead Flowers deliver a high-energy show that brings involuntary movement of the head and hips, that proves time and time again that rock ’n’ roll is alive and well.”
MY TWO CENTS: OK, it’s not much of a bio — and this is the best they could come up with after I specifically asked them for more information, since there are a bunch of different bands with this name (including a Canadian outfit). On the plus side, you can’t accuse them of wasting your time with a bunch of bull. And their no-nonsense approach does fit with their musical approach. So I’ll allow it.
A Good Death is a Beautiful Thing
THE PRESS RELEASE: “Hailing from Kent, UK, lotusbliss is the recording project of brothers Seth, Josh and Adam. Growing up making music together, it was a lighthearted conversation in 2018 around favourite band names which sparked the idea that they could and should form their own band. Taking a year to write and craft their sound, lotusbliss’ debut single Beautiful Monotone arrived in November 2019, having been produced by Josh Rumble from Anteros. This was soon followed up by the band’s next single Carpet, the second and final from their debut EP, A Good Death is a Beautiful Thing which dropped on 21st February 2020. With an indie-rock sensibility, the sound of lotusbliss marries ambient soundscapes, high-octane guitar, raw lyricism and infectious melodies, whilst also taking advantage of the vocal similarity of siblings to blend their voices in and out of unison and harmony.”
Vision / SF12
THE PRESS RELEASE: “About 18 months after the release of his last studio effort Supernova (2018) — he also shared a live recording in September 2019 — French space-noise-fuzz-post-metal one-man-band L’Orchidée Cosmique aka Flo P. (bass/fuzz/synth/looper) just released a one-track EP called Vision / SF12. Since 2015, he has been putting his riffs in orbit around planet Earth. Alone on board, Flo fuses bass, synth and effects pedals to distill a musical mix that recalls both peaceful trips in weightlessness and rough landings of fortune. Charting a flight path between Mogwai’s leaded post-rock, Sonic Youth’s noise emergencies or A Place To Bury Strangers and the magnetic fuzz of Torche, it is sometimes complex, often tortuous, but on arrival always accessible music.”