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The LA quartet Exploding Flowers return with an energetic piece of work. On August 11th comes Stumbling Blocks, a set of twelve tracks that sparkle within a gorgeous atmosphere of melody. This all creates an interesting listen, what’s more an insight into the talent on offer. The fact that they can vault through genres, and at times twist their sound into other areas is a quite rewarding factor.
From the first roll of guitar strings on “A Daunting Thought”, immediately the listener is pulled into a world of harmony. The images of Californian warmth circle the sounds, with a thread of sixties psychedelic folk rock meeting the power pop of the late seventies. The title track continues this jaunt through jangling chords. With an extra urgency to both the sound, and indeed the lyrics. It is carefree, uplifting sounds with the members seem to conjure up effortlessly. Case in point, “I Need Your Devotion”, which is interjected with an extra slice of menace through churning guitar crunches. This gives the overall feel more of an edge, but the sprinkles of notes that screech blissfully are wonderfully placed.
The closing “Are We So Disposable?”, features the added talent of Suki Ewers (Mazzy Starr). Suki gives a touch of shoegaze to ride the album out. A track which is excellently placed, to make its fading more memorable. This is a great album, and has enough of the band’s own identity so prevalent, that it does not fall into the category of monotonous, or even repetitive. It is something to disappear inside from this modern world of surrealism.
1.A Daunting Thought
3.Far, But Never Gone
4.I Need Your Devotion
5.Billions Just Like You Here Today
6.My Poor Heart
7.Timing is Everything
8.Imagine All Possibilities
9.Amongst Burnt Out Stars
10.Until You Fall Apart
11.Mirror To Mirror, Face To Face
12.Are We So Disposable? (ft. Suki Ewers)
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