27 September 2023 Reviews
Floral Image are back, continuing their mission to bring fuzzy motorik psych to the masses with a brand-new double single release in the form of Chance/Feel Around You. The two songs epitomise the band’s ability to weave together filthy fuzz, worm-like melodies and mechanical krautrock to create a fabric that warps space and time. The project was produced by Floral Image, expertly recorded and mixed by Dylan Barber at Fine City Recording Studio in Norwich, UK and magically mastered by Grammy nominated Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering, AUS (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Pond & Babe Rainbow).
Discussing the new singles, they share:
“Being the sort of lads prone to long, spiralling, mesmeric sounds we approached Chance fresh as a five piece band with an opportunity to layer an ever-changing scope of melodious synchronicity over the top of a continuous and unrelenting rhythmic pound. The one repeating mantra of ‘Chance’ was the only lyrical choice to stay from its earliest incarnations as a roving and motorik piece. It’s only our undying love of the popular music format that made us think it to be necessary to plop some verses in there to tie it all together.
The song Feel Around You came from more lonesome origins in a solo demoing session where Jack was testing out his recently purchased 1970s Japanese bass. Jack alone in his cold box room on a wintery evening in his dressing gown, tipping the scales in favour of riff action as opposed to vocal content.”
Melodious, sultry, luminescent psychedelia sewn in the soils of Norwich, UK Since their emergence in 2019, FLORAL IMAGE have presented and exposed psychedelic rock with ferocity, articulacy, and a near-hedonistic sense of revelry. Amalgamating the pumping acid house grooves of the mid-90’s with the spluttering drive of early 70’s psychedelic titans Hawkwind, as well as a wistful dash of brightness from modern Neo-psych acts like King Gizzard and Babe Rainbow, Floral find a luscious assonance in carefully measured chaos.
The band’s early demos were championed on BBC Introducing by both Huw Stephens and Jamz Supernova, featuring on the 2020 ‘Ones To Watch Show’ alongside Dry Cleaning and Porridge Radio. Following the release of their first singles, they have sold out shows across the country, including supporting Triptides, Flamingods and Glass Beams, where their sets have proven to spiral audiences into trancelike, whirl-pooling euphoria.
Preceding a sellout headline tour across the UK and Europe in May of this year, the band released their debut EP ‘So Synthesised’ in April with singles ‘Babe & The Devil, ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘Voices’ supported by Under The Radar, Clash, EARMILK and DORK, as well as seeing radio play from BBC 6 Music’s Amy Lamé and Tom Robinson, John Kennedy on Radio X and Shell Zenner on Amazing Radio.