Norwich psychedelic rockers Floral Image, continue to demonstrate their relentless creativity on the new double A-side ‘Chance/ Feel You Around’.
A wall of swirling guitar lines, atmospherics and driving rhythms adorned with melodic melodies, Floral Image display a brilliant musical understanding across their mater – the new double single continues this trend in style. ‘Chance’ opens with a brilliantly biting, subtly reversed guitar riff before a plucky bass and driving drums enter. as the track reaches the verse, layers of synth enter under the octave vocal harmonies. As the track continues to grow an explosive instrumental takes hold as fuzzy guitar lines grow under boxy vocal harmonies. Continuing to grow through it’s infectious riffs, fluorescent sense of energy and swirling aurora of psychedelics, the track explodes its way through a spellbinding instrumental through it’s latter half.
‘Feel Around You’ capitalises upon the sonic intensity set at the end of ‘Chance’, opening with a high-octane riff and explosive drums, capturing the euphoric tone the band are capable of. The track dips down to introduce clean chords under layers of vibrant vocal harmonies before then opening into a dreamy soundscape of synth and distant melodies which intertwine in a wall of ecstatic tonality. Not relying on traditional songwriting, the track is wonderfully expressive, genuinely exciting without relying on melodic hooks or a verse chorus structure to provide it with likability – I need to see this band live.
Speaking about the release, the band explain:
“Being the sort of lads prone to long, spiralling, mesmeric sounds we approached Chance fresh as a five piece band with an opportunity to layer an ever-changing scope of melodious synchronicity over the top of a continuous and unrelenting rhythmic pound. The one repeating mantra of ‘Chance’ was the only lyrical choice to stay from its earliest incarnations as a roving and motorik piece. It’s only our undying love of the popular music format that made us think it to be necessary to plop some verses in there to tie it all together.
The song Feel Around You came from more lonesome origins in a solo demoing session where Jack was testing out his recently purchased 1970s Japanese bass. Jack alone in his cold box room on a wintery evening in his dressing gown, tipping the scales in favour of riff action as opposed to vocal content.”