Florist will release their new self-titled album on July 29 through Double Double Whammy. Whereas the previous album, 2019’s Emily Alone, was literally singer Emily Sprague alone, this time the band is back together, as she explains: “We called it Florist because this is not just my songs with a backing band. It’s a practice. It’s a collaboration. It’s our one life. These are my best friends and the music is the way that it is because of that.”
The first song to be shared it “Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)”, and Sprague says:
“This song is the introduction to Florist, an album journey very much about the celebration of the people in our lives and the massive importance of connection. It is lyrically and spiritually a continuation of where Florist left off 5 years ago at the end of If Blue Could Be Happiness. We recorded the song to 1/2” tape on a screened-in porch in June. The nature sounds are live. The birds really sang along.”
While the new album features the quartet all working together again, “Red Bird Pt. 2” is still focused on Sprague’s voice and acoustic – though the subtle adornments of electric guitar, synths and birds do elevate the whole thing to something extra magical. It finds Sprague recalling her late mother, imagining what it must have been like for her when she gave birth and her life entirely changed. It’s not by any means a sad song, but meditative and peaceful, with Sprague’s gentle intonations of “I can hear you singing still” filled with love and wonder rather than any kind of ache. It’s a song so perfectly put together that it will undoubtedly become a balm for all fans in their times of need and remembrance.
Watch the video for “Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)” below or find the song on streaming platforms.