The Pagan Place Podcast

‘Floristry - The Longing, Long After’ Album Review

July 6, 2020

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Floristry, The Longing, Long After

Released April 3, 2020

 

  1. A Burial at Sea                            09:08

  2. Panoramic View                        05:07

  3. If You’d Rather Be a Window, I’d Gladly Be the Frame     04:20

  4. Summits                            04:39

  5. Migration/ The Great Departure (ft. Adrienne Faye)        04:43

  6. Everything Was Beautiful                    03:38

  7. Nothing Hurt (Pt. II)                        02:52

  8. An Expedition, An Exploration                04:21

  9. A Denouement                        06:05

 

    I have to admit, I avoided listening to this album at first because it was billed as a post-rock/ emo record and I wasn’t in the head space to be able to take on something that’s typically apocalyptic, dark, and heavy. Finally, I wound up in the car one day and put it on. Immediately I was hit with a surprise as uplifting, Bright sounding, melodic arrangements started building in the airspace around me. This record is resounding with post-rock elements but with a more positive atmosphere. It could be the summer soundtrack for 2020, perfect for your staycation, driving down country roads in the late afternoon sun, star gazing in country fields or backyard hangs. 

    The surprises don’t end with the arrangements though. While I’m not a fan of all the vocals there are definitely some gems in there. A special surprise awaits the metal heads listening and having guest vocalist, Adrienne Faye, on Migration/ The Great Departure was a particularly good artistic decision. Something else I don’t normally hear on post-rock albums is the use of the electronic elements which made tracks like Panoramic really stand out to me with its nice bit of low-end thump to get my car stereo bumping. 

    There is a lot of experimentation going on in this album that I  find very pleasing to the ears. Sometimes when we hear a first album and there are so many ideas that the artist wants to try, it can make the album feel disjointed. This is not the case here. This record was finely balanced though, written and recorded with care and attention to all the details that makes an album a pleasure to listen to in its entirety. The Longing, Long After is something that I will be listening to over and over again and I’m sure I’ll keep finding something new and interesting. 

    Personally, I don’t get a lot of the Emo reference in this record but, that being said let’s take a dive for a minute into the title, The Longing, Long After. This could be applied equally to failed relationships and lost loved ones. We aren’t sure what Floristy’s Brett Stackhouse was dealing with while writing this record and while some of the lyrics deal with the mental anguish that the loss of a loved one can have on a person, the tonality of the record shows that he’s choosing to remember them positively. Maybe this is the Emo reference showing through, but I think this record is much more than that categorization.  It takes real courage to be able to lay this much emotion down for everyone with an internet connection to be able to hear and it has really paid off. As a result,  Floristry has a record to really be proud of because of it. 

Mood: Vibing out on cloudless days in the shade of leafy trees

Colour: The golden light of late afternoon/ early evening

Flavour: iced tea / long island iced tea

 

Oliver Flecknell

July 2020

 

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