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THE DARK FLOWERS

Radioland

2013-11-25

 The Dark Flowers is a collaborative effort, headed by British producer/songwriter Paul Statham.  The new release, Radioland, is an inspired interpretation of Sam Shepard's collection of poems and memoirs, Motel Chronicles. Paul Statham was involved in every step of this project, from writing to instrumentation, to production and mixing.  The only thing he didn't do on Radioland is sing.  That task was done by various artists who not only performed vocals, but helped to write/interpret the songs as well...making Radioland a true collaboration. Who else is involved, you ask? To name a few, there is Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Kate Havnevik (a Norwegian electronica artist), and Helicopter Girl (I don't have a clue, but I love her name and voice). The music is subtle, with all kinds of surprises, from vague electronica and  celeste, to ambiguous banjo and slide guitar. Every turn holds a revelation and piques my interest, making me want to dig deeper.      Rebecca Ruth 

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