Because of a Flower

Ana Roxanne - Because of a Flower
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #326 / 819
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2020 Ratings: #170
Liked by 5 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
This is truly the good stuff.
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.
Because of a Flower is a confident debut album from California ambient musician Ana Roxanne. Within the albums 39 minutes, Roxanne provides us with plenty of soft flowing music that will calm and sooth, a couple moments that provide darkness inside the guitar tone & minor keys and spoken word passages that speak on the versatility & life giving force of water and the harmony that happens when two lives create another. The way the closing track “Take the Thorn, Leave the ... read more
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
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Added on: September 8, 2020