Flower Girl “Tuck In Yer Tie-Dye”
Flower Girl’s bio describes them as having “catchy hooks” and “an ability to charm their way into your stereo and onto the couch”. That alone was enough to make us want to check out this release.
If the band’s name didn’t tell you enough about their style, then opening number and title track, “Tuck In Your Tie-Dye”, should. It’s a sixties flavoured song that is like a country flavoured Jellyfish tune. There’s more of a pop melody to tracks like “Let’s Build A Fort” and “Wading Online”, songs that recall the brilliant Brendan Benson.
That’s not to say that the album doesn’t throw in the odd curve ball. “Hi to 5” starts off with an almost disco feel before hitting a more expected power pop sound. And there’s a more off kilter style on “2 Late 2 Be A Cowboy” which, as the title implies, has a country feel. Along with songs like “Breath mint” there’s an out their ‘weirdness’ that is similar to Blitzen Trapper.
We’re particularly keen when they pick up the beat, as shown on the pure power pop of “I Saw A Mouse” or “Business Plant”. It gets even better when they ramp that sound up even more on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. The album then comes to an end with the psychedelic pop swirl of “Scary Drive II”.
Timing can often play a key part in an album’s success and were not entirely sure that we listened to this in the right season. This is a sixties flavoured indie pop album that needs to be heard whilst lying on the grass in the sunshine. For now, we’ll just have to hope that it allows us to chill out and dream of next summer.