Future Flowers is the new(ish) project from Northampton’s Pat Clifford (Color Rabbit, Psychic Parrot, Noon On Neptune, Strobe Horse, Paper Tiger, etc). Future Flowers, with its debut release, feels like the natural continuation of the musical arc started in Color Rabbit and continued in Paper Tiger. The abstract psychedelia of the former has grown in its pop sensibilities with these two subsequent projects. While Paper Tiger felt primarily rooted in 90s psychedelic pop (especially The Circulatory System and other Elephant 6 bands), the ever expanding musical influences have reached both outwards and backwards with Future Flowers. Hints of Guided By Voices can be heard on Relativity Parade as well as, more notably, 60s psychedelic pop. At times there a strong Silver Apples vibes are present, but their drone-y psych-pop becomes warmer in Future Flower’s earthy synth spaces. One can even hear Black Moth Super Rainbow on tracks like “Another Song About Suns” or “Suns & Daughters.” Beyond the fact that Mr. Clifford is writing immensely catchy and enjoyable songs, there is a depth of ideas swirling around in this music that is rare. Relativity Parade, out now on Gray Cake Tapes, is essential listening. Recommended track: A Mind Of Stormy Weather

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