Halfnoise – Flowerss

Flowerss contains seven tracks,  making this a real treat for those who like the sound of Brit-pop and music from the late eighties. This feels so British that we had to check the background and producer of this EP, and it’s all Zac Farro. Having said that, it is a great record overall – the songs are fresh, even if they are a little familiar at times with Zac often sounding like Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy. There are influences here from Blur, Prefab Sprout, The The, Tears for Fears, and so many recognisable electronic drum beats that it takes you back to a different time – it’s obvious that Zac enjoys British music from this period.

By Martin Frank

Overall the EP is light, dreamy and made us want to dance. All That Is Love is a real party tune that we didn’t want to stop – there must be a longer mix somewhere and if there isn’t there should be. Zac combines top class drum beats (you would expect nothing less from a drummer) with great guitars and easy lyrics, meaning that Flowerss leaves you feeling happy and wanting to dance. The only fault that we can find with this EP is that the songs are too short – they could have been longer which would have easily made this into an album.

The opening track Flowers is very Blur-like and is wonderfully understated, followed by She Said – a softly sung, almost ephemeral track that will make your head nod and feet tap, which is the same for most of the tunes on here. Following his own ethos about not wanting to over work his music without constantly feeling the need to tweak it it has worked out very well for Farro. This latest EP is fresh and familiar without seeming over produced. It’s light and easy to listen to, with the the catchy feel of the record making you want to dance to it over and over again.