You Can Never Have a Long Enough Head Start

Floral Tattoo - You Can Never Have a Long Enough Head Start
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Based on 193 ratings
2020 Ratings: #196
January 3, 2020 / Release Date
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Emo, Shoegaze, Noise Pop / Genres
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They may still be stuck in their apartments, false nostalgia, or dead-end service gigs, but the upstart Seattle emo band’s revelation of a second album goes places.

A band to keep on your radar for sure. Floral Tattoo explore the confusion of the 21st century, of finding your identity and of growing up, in a very honest and open way. Musically diverse but coherent. A very solid Shoegaze/Emo record.
although i preferred the lo-fi, more punk-inspired sound the band explored on approaching bearable, there's no doubt that you can never have a long enough head start is more lush, more atmospheric, and a great new direction for floral tattoo, especially considering songs like "she" and "(my life fell apart this year)"
This is a bit of a hard listen. I quite like the vocals and the compositions but the mixing is just really off-putting. I understand why the mix has a lo-fi tinge to it but it doesn't exactly work all the time. The more acoustic cuts on are my favs. They have a Neutral Milk Hotel aura to them.

Best Track: Oar House
Worst Track: (Redding Forest Fire / Fermi)
Album of the Week: 1-6-20

Probably the first thing this year worth checking out. Some great moments and it'll be interesting to see how they evolve from here.
Yeah, I definitely mess with this. There have been so many varied and interesting rock projects that have come out in the first five days of the decade, that I hope this is a sign for the future! In regards to this specific project, there's a whole lot of vulnerability on display, almost to the point where it's just a beating heart out there for the listener to feel and press their ear against. I think that Danny, Be Well might be my favorite track of the year and one of the better ex farewells ... read more
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Track List

  1. (Foreword)
  2. Life in Color
  3. Julius & Ethel
  4. She
  5. Oar House
  6. Leaving
  7. Don't Try Things
  8. (Redding Forest Fire / Fermi)
  9. Danny, Be Well
  10. Julius & Ethel, Pt. 2
  11. The Art of Moving On
  12. (My Life Fell Apart This Year)
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Added on: January 3, 2020