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Florist’s forthcoming third album Emily Alone is out next week, and frontwoman Emily Sprague has released its third and longest cut thus far, a resigned and solemn track titled “Celebration.”
“Celebration” is full-bodied and bursting with a lush atmosphere of water lapping, birds chirping and ambient noises. Sprague opens the track with spoken word articulated over field recordings, and recounts the mundanities of living and being alone against lackadaisical finger-plucking: “With these hands now as I know them, a new scar and wow, tons of plants / Plant-induced psychosis / Keep me close, I’m good invisible / Sitting in loss like a bean bag chair.”
“Celebration” eventually gives way to Sprague’s gentle, careful vocals and rhythmic, hypnotic strumming as she finds herself alone and one with the earth once again: “If I lose my mind / Please give it back to the earth / Fire water wind / Earth fire water wind / And lie down.”
Though much longer and intricate than Sprague’s previous two releases—May’s pensive “Shadow Bloom” and last month’s “Time Is A Dark Feeling”—“Celebration” still captures the same feeling of wistful belonging and dark contemplation.
“‘Celebration’ is a love song for darkness and the peaceful end to all things,” Sprague said in a statement. “A song in three movements: reality, fantasy, memory. In a lot of ways this song is the thesis to Emily Alone. Minimal arrangements—acoustic guitars, synthesizers, and voice accompanied by the ambient sounds of earth. Birds and water. The song begins with an experience of the now. It falls into imagining the way that things will always return to what they should be. It ends with a burial of negative forms and the acceptance of a beautiful new path towards growing from nothing.”
Emily Alone is out July 26 via Double Double Whammy and you can revisit the album’s details here.
Florist have announced a brief North American tour in support of Emily Alone beginning later this month. You can check out the full itinerary of dates below.
Check out the new single below.
Florist Tour Dates:
26 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Pico-Union Project
27 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Cafe Du Nord
29 – Portland, Ore. @ Lola’s Room (Crystal Ballroom)
30 – Seattle, Wash. @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center
03 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Baby’s All Right
05 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Great Scott
06 – Burlington, Vt. @ Arts Riot
08 – Troy, N.Y. @ The Church
10 – Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ B-Side (One Lucky Guitar)
11 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schuba’s
12 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups
13 – Allentown, Pa. @ Soft Machine Gallery
14 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ PhilaMOCA
15 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd
16 – Richmond, Va. @ Gallery 5
17 – Durham, N.C. @ The Pinhook
19 – Atlanta, Ga. @ 529