Posts Tagged ‘Night Flowers’

Hull’s artistic renaissance continues apace. Last year saw it taking on the mantle of UK City of Culture and drawing three-and-a-half million visitors in the process; Now, they can add Night Flowers to the admittedly humble list of Humber hometown heroes, albeit ones that have done something that most provincial bands can’t afford to these days and moved to the capital. If they hadn’t, though, there would be no Night Flowers, or certainly not the iteration that’s made this charming debut record; it was in London that the group recruited their singer, Sophia Pettit, who hails from Boston (not the one in Lincolnshire, whilst we’re on the topic of the regional United Kingdom).

This transatlantic lineup of the band toured the country with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart last May and it’s not difficult to understand why somebody thought the two groups would complement each other; Pettit’s vocals are as clear as a bell and very much in the same vein as The Pains’ revolving lineup of female singers, A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Jen Goma and Fear of Men’s Jess Weiss among them.

Pettit’s warm tones are front and centre on Wild Notion and provide the record with its primary sonic and emotional throughlines, although that isn’t to say that you get the impression that the rest of the band were waiting for the right vocalist to come along to act as an anchor for their instrumental impulses. Night Flowers nod to dream-pop and psych at points on Wild Notion but they never get lost in them; the soundscapes are carefully controlled, with handsome, chiming guitars ringing out over undulating beds of synth.

There’s nothing musically or thematically ground-breaking about this collection of songs and it leaves a slightly sour taste in the mouth that, in the album’s press release, somebody felt it necessary to note that the Hackney studio that the record was cut at is about to be bulldozed ‘to make way for luxury apartments as the gentrification of London continues’. Wild Notion does a good line in endearing melancholy but it’s of the timeless variety; this isn’t a political record and it’s all the better for it.

“Wild Notion” is at the soft end of the collection, but really nice. The female fronted indie rock reminds me on Rough Trade bands from the 90s,

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Released April 13th, 2018

Written and performed by Night Flowers 

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London Indie-pop quintet Night Flowers have released a new video for the track ‘Head On’, taken from their widely praised spring album Wild Notion. Further reinforcing the band’s creeping move into a moodier sonic territory, the video is a swirling jolt to the system with a heavy heartbeat, with vocalist Sophia Pettit’s remarkable control building and building as the song climbs to an epic crescendo, complete with bittersweet, triumphant brass. Directed by the band themselves and shot by film maker Daisy Dickinson, (Benny Page, Adrena Adrena), the wandering camera finds singers Sophia Pettit and Greg Ullyart lost in London twilight, in a short cinematic story that echoes the song’s themes of communication breakdown, isolation and reconciliation.

It’s been a pretty special year for London indie-pop quintet Night Flowers. Their debut album, Wild Notion, drew near universal acclaim, they’ve toured up and down the country (and up and down and up and down again probably) and played a series of stellar festivals. The band also played what might just be their biggest headline show in London to date at the Moth Club,

“Head On” was one of Wild Notion’s stand-out moments; a brooding and intense number, propelled by swaggering bass and swirling synths. Singer, Sophia Pettit’s vocal is pretty much faultless throughout, wringing every drop of emotion from the tale of communication break-down, isolation and fighting to make things work, before the intense burst of brass brings things to a thrilling close. The cinematic video, which to our mind looks like Singing In The Rain filmed in the style of House Of Cards, mirrors the song’s themes, as Sophie and Greg walk the London streets, searching for a connection that so nearly comes to pass. A triumphant sign off to a year where Night Flowers have moved up a gear, and sit poised and ready for a giant leap forward.

Wild Notion is out now via Dirty Bingo Records.

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Hey Love is the third single to be lifted from the forthcoming album Wild Notion. It has that 1960’s girl band vocals blended with alt rock guitars and if The Concretes were shoegaze orientated they may have well sounded like this. The two b-sides are not bad either. The previously unreleased You Don’t Tell Me sounds like a Twisterella outtake whilst the band’s cover of Jane Wiedlin’s Rush Hour sounds as poppy as the original. Hey Love was available as a limited edition cassette but it’s now sold out so give it a isten here.

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Written and performed by Night Flowers

Night Flowers have shared their gorgeous single, ‘Cruel Wind.’  “And now you have an epitaph,” sings Sophia Pettit with grace and feeling of loss, this shimmering wide-screen song possess a yearning melody and tumbling percussion that plunges deep into your heart.

‘Cruel Wind’ comes with an ingenious accompanying video made by filmmaking duo James Doherty and Laura Whittell. the brave astronauts featured, the training, the isolation, the pressure and the fear are obstacles they must endure to realise their dream – to explore the great beyond. Night Flowers vocalist Sophia Pettit is on hand to guide them through their journey with her white coat and round-rimmed glasses. Combining green screen, archive footage and some clever visual effects, the result is something different, and filmic.

Lifted from their forthcoming debut album, Wild Notion. Which was written in various London basements and bedsits, and recorded with longtime producer Adam Jaffrey in a studio that was later bulldozed to make way for luxury flats. The windswept north-east English coast collided with stateside sunshine when US-born vocalist Sophia Pettit joined the band in their new shared hometown of London in summer 2015.

The video, directed by long time collaborator and friend Darren Topliss, finds singer Sophia Pettit in a slow motion adventure, rediscovering the city around her with a childlike wonder and a new found sense of freedom, in a video that celebrates the importance of living in the moment. Released 18th January 2018