The Flowers of Hell
Come Hell Or High Water
If you’ve spent any time loving music, you’ve metaphorically seen the ‘flowers of Hell’: that old blues ideal that the pleasure of the listener is born from the misery and toil of the musician. If you’re Toronto-based guitarist and songwriter Greg Jarvis, your timbre-to-shape synaesthetic visions mean you’ve really seen something like those flowers emerging from your elaborate shoegazey/spacey/expansive orchestropop compositions. And when you bring those creations together with some of North America and the UK’s best sideplayers, you wind up with the second album from The Flowers of Hell, Come Hell Or High Water.
The Flowers Of Hell are a trans-Atlantic space rock orchestra made up of 16 or so experimental independent musicians based in London and Toronto. The odyssey was started by Jarvis as a studio project in 2002, expanded into a live band in London in 2005, and extended across the ocean to Toronto in 2008. The group mixes orchestral and rock instrumentation, while mainly creating wordless pieces that explore the meeting points of classical and blues-based music.
Creating Come Hell Or High Water involved recording 30 musicians in over 40 sessions in London, Toronto, Prague, Detroit, & Abilene, Texas. A lot of the assembled talent on it have been members or sideplayers with acts vastly larger than the Flowers, including the Patti Smith Group, John Cale, Spiritualized, Spacemen 3, British Sea Power, Bat For Lashes, Broken Social Scene, The Earlies, Guided By Voices, The Clientele, Primal Scream, Do Make Say Think, The Hidden Cameras, The Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa, Tindersticks, The Early Years, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. But the Flowers Of Hell are certainly no supergroup - more of an amalgamation of sideplayers with a few mainmen brought in as guests, all collaborating on elaborate and enveloping soundscapes. It’s no wonder, then, that The Flowers Of Hell and Come Hell Or High Water have found fans as diverse as Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and NASA’s mission control workers.
“They take orchestral pop to the next level” Rolling Stone
“Stirringly evocative” NME (8/10 Review)“As much pop masterpiece as sonic experimentation” Exclaim
Produced by Greg Jarvis, with mixing assistance from Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3/Spectrum), Tom Knott (The Earlies), and Jan Muchow (Ecstasy Of St. Theresa).
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