Because of a Flower

Ana Roxanne - Because of a Flower
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #323 / 763
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2020 Ratings: #120
Liked by 2 people
November 13, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
kranky / Label
Ambient / Genres
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Roxanne's music is balming and refreshing, yet also reflective of an intense spiritual and physical journey, and Because of a Flower is a quietly powerful encapsulation of the progress she's made.

The California ambient musician’s debut LP pulls from new age, dream pop, Medieval choral music, and Hindustani singing for a hypnotic and tender meditation on gender, identity, and self-love.
Roxanne's commentary on the liminal politics of the socially unintelligible, (un)gendered body, while admirably contemplative, can feel wrapped up in an all-too-easy appeal to fusional interiority—"harmony" as some kind of escape or Platonic ideal: the male and female elements admixing into the fluid and all-accepting liquid of the synthetic. And while the stripped-back instrumentation, here, can be stirring in its restraint, moments of lethargy, like the tepid wash of ... read more
If you're in the mood for something spacy and relaxing, I do recommend this. While this wasn't all that interesting to me at first, this has grown to be one of the most enjoyable ambient records of 2020.
The first 2 songs of "Because of a Flower" sound like a chorus and are refreshing and dreamy, but the rest of the tracks as different as chalk and cheese. "- - -" is a totally lifeless and boring song, and it has a new age approach that ruins completely the atmosphere that the first 2 tracks created. "Camille" is a Jenny Hval style song, which is not bad, but again i don't see the connection. The last two tracks are more dreamy and Spacey and have more background ... read more
Lovely stuff.
Very beautiful and melancholic mood in every song. Even if the vocal melodies sound a bit generic here and there, this does not dampen the very good overall impression.

Fav Track: A Study in Vastness, Suite Pour L'invisible
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Track List

  1. Untitled
  2. A Study in Vastness
  3. Suite Pour L'invisible
  4. - - -
  5. Camille
  6. Venus
  7. Take the Thorn, Leave the Rose
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Added on: September 8, 2020