- by Nathan Fidler Rating:7 Release Date:2016-11-11 Label: BUFU Records
Hailing from Brooklyn, Flower Girl list their brand of indie, country rock as “romantic comedy”, which is as good as any genre to pick for their sound. Their third album Tuck In Your Tie-Dye shoots along their line of squiggly rock, more indebted to the city than the country landscape.
It’s an album which has a modern hippy heart, ‘Wading Online’ describes being “all alone in the material world”, and has an entire song dedicated to mice in ‘I Saw A Mouse’ asking why we can’t get on with the “little guys”.
The jangly riffs aren’t necessarily hooky in and of themselves, but most songs contain a little melody to catch your attention, drawing you into what’s underneath. Sometimes that’s a scrawl on the guitar, hammering piano or even a cowbell; beyond this there isn’t anything particularly exciting about the band, but it all adds up to their slightly lazy, colourful style.
The call and answer of ‘Let’s Build A Fort’ is fun, while ‘Tuck In Your Tie-Dye’ jauntily describes the happy creation of tie-dye tops. There’s barely a dark moment, with stand out track ‘Hi5s’ sounding like Fidlar-lite, but knocking out the quaintly amusing “please don’t leave me hanging, I’m giving high-fives, yeah giving high-fives”.
With little sheen to their playing and a slightly British new-wave rock style to their vocals at times, this is a band who sound out of place on tracks like ‘2 Late 2 Be A Cowboy’. Whether they pursue the sharper edge of the home, or yearn more for days gone by, they do it with a lyrical style of their own.