New York, NY
Indie folk, Indie pop, Contemporary folk music, Alternative/Indie
Double Double Whammy
Florist began as the friendship project of Emily Sprague, Rick Spataro, and Jonnie Baker in Upstate, NY. The three started making weird sounds on synths and guitars together as a way to relate, and grew close. Felix Walworth joined as a drummer and collaborator when Emily moved to New York City and continued writing songs with the moniker.
The Birds Outside Sang started being written as one result of a severe bicycle accident that Emily was involved in on Feb 11th, 2014. It began with Emily, still recovering, writing and recording in isolation, able to play keyboard only with one hand, sing, and bang on things. The second half of the album was recorded live by the whole band. It was a resurrection back into the friendships, loving support, and musical collaboration that first started Florist.
If Blue Could Be Happiness is the second full length album from soft-synthesizer-folk band Florist. It is an observation of change; a full color memory album. It is both a goodbye to a past life and a declaration of great love to a new one. A long mourning song for the death of a mother, and a quiet celebration of the endless struggle that is being alive. Recorded by the band during May of 2017 in an Upstate New York schoolhouse very near to where songwriter Emily Sprague spent her childhood and where the band originated. The final track of the record, “Red Bird”, was written and recorded by Emily on the day before her mother died unexpectedly in March of 2017. The song remains in demo form on the album just as she had heard it.
Emily Alone is a collection of songs made by Florist songwriter Emily Sprague during a time of great stillness and isolation with the self. An attempt to capture the dark spaces between change and acknowledge their beauty. It is a natural, isolated, and momentary tangent away from the otherwise collaborative project that is Florist, while still maintaining the documentary nature of the band that, like all things, is a mutable entity in this universe. These songs, as they exist now, were born partly out of literal distance from her bandmates on the east coast, and partly out of urgency to translate an emotional moment.
The band’s newest album Florist feels like the culmination of a decade-long journey, their fourth full-length album, but the first deserving of a self-titled designation. “We called it Florist because this is not just my songs with a backing band,” Sprague explains. “It’s a practice. It’s a collaboration. It’s our one life. These are my best friends and the music is the way that it is because of that.”
“The most beautiful music I’ve heard in 2022”
-NPR’s Bob Boilen
“Recounts the life of her late mother and her own early childhood in a series of vivid, cleareyed snapshots, sung atop a gentle, fingerpicked chord progression”
-The New York Times
"Florist’s Emily Sprague is no stranger to imbuing her songs with a certain transcendental nature. On “Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning),” though, she, along with the rest of Florist, have captured a new level of magic."
“A 19-track offering that reflects not just band leader Emily Sprague’s sentimental songwriting, but also the introspection and nostalgia that guided their collaborative process.”
“Falls lightly on the ears, washing over the listener with a sense of peace.”
-The AV Club
“A glittering, lovely track with acoustic guitar notes sparkling like dew in the cobwebs of Sprague's reverie."
“Florist tap into life’s mysterious frequencies on “Red Bird Pt. 2”