Flowertown’s sweet lo-fi melodies evoke a landscape of beautifully distant sadness. Karina Gill and Mike Ramos front their own projects (Cindy and Tony Jay, respectively), but have joined together in May 2020 for a 6-track cassette EP to raise funds for Peter Hurley’s Hit Gallery. A second cassette EP, Theresa Street, came out in August (both for Paisley Shirt Records), and now the EPs are bound together into a debut (eponymous) vinyl LP from Mount St. Mountain.
What They Say: “We first wrote a song together because our respective projects (Tony Jay and Cindy) were scheduled to play a show at the SF Eagle in March. Obviously that didn’t happen, but as shelter-in-place took effect we started trading song ideas and writing collaboratively. Sending voice memos back and forth and eventually recording the songs in Karina’s basement on a four track. We made two EPs that came out on Paisley Shirt Records on cassette. Now they’re remastered and on vinyl from Mt St Mtn.”
The Fashionettes – Dreamin Of You
Good ’60’s girl band songs are hard not to love. The song opens with lyrics about everyday experience — an approach that resonates with us. And the almost blown out recording quality makes for a sense of urgency and energy.
The Love Positions – Into Your Arms
There’s a well loved Lemonheads cover of this song but this original is even better. An example of really compelling simplicity.
The Clientele – (I Want You) More Than Ever
The sloshy percussion on this makes the sweetness of the song a little murky in a good way.
Cold Beat – Double Sided Mirror
This is a bay area band that’s been cranking out awesome music for a while. The sparse layers in this song slowly build a chorus that blooms. Really catchy too.
Molly Drake – I Remember
Her recording sessions were DIY lo-fi endeavors. In this song, she recalls the disparity between two people’s interpretations of the same events. But she doesn’t sound like she wishes things were different.
Slumber Party – I Don’t Mind
This song swings along with simple instrumentation and lets the vocal line do its job. Her laconic voice makes us feel right at home.