April 19, 2019
“If Flaural are any indication, Denver, Colorado, is sounding really good right now.”—FLOOD Magazine
“'1616' brims with washes of guitar and echoed vocals, scratching a similar itch to Tame Impala’s early work.”—Stereogum
“this Denver group knows how to begin a journey. Songs like “1616” lure you into a comfortable groove, while “The Thinker” could perfectly soundtrack a rambling roadtrip.”—UPROXX
“The bed of synths and syncopated rhythms give the track unwavering energy that feels like the aural sensation of riding Space Mountain...'1616' is a dynamite example of what this band is capable of.”—EARMILK
“Flaural's blend of psychedelic and rock feels organic — a balance that has found it's true equilibrium.”—The Wild Honey Pie
“Super spacious synths and keys, defiant guitar lines, driving bass lines, and motor-like drums along with their big-sounding electric vocals create an expansive and vibrant journey, which is both trippy and driven.”—Indie Shuffle
“[‘The Thinker’] blends some high octane guitar riffs and psychedelic production, sounding like a glorious high energy mix between old Tame Impala, Post Animal, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.”—We All Want Someone To Shout For
“[On ‘1616’] driving bass lines and contemporary guitar walk along dense synth sound...Johnson’s vocals sailing naturally from an ambient start to a rousing finish.”—Ghettoblaster Magazine
“Sonically, ‘The Thinker’ is a brisk psych-rock track with hints of autumnal melancholy…When you know its backstory, what initially comes across like a catchy freakout takes on more weight; an underlying sadness becomes more prominent, the waves of layered instruments starting to feel like an escape towards the inner recesses of a person’s mind as they try to reckon with what has happened while they grasp at memories dissolving over time.”—Stereogum
It’s rare that a band founded on pushing sonic boundaries is conscious of not alienating the listener. In the case of Denver-based rockers, Flaural, their music feels like the spoils of deep exploration, brought back down to earth for all to observe in traditional rock outfit form.
Flaural / ˈflɒr(ə)l / is the unified sum of four equal parts. The hypnotic pulse of Nick Berlin’s kraut rock drum grooves crystalize as the backdrop atop which sprawls the band’s ethereal art-pop-songwriting. Connor Birch’s expansive synths and keys, the unique virtuosity and aggression of Noah Pfaff’s guitar playing, and the resonant croon of Colin Johnson’s vocals and driving bass lines all coalesce into experimental psych rock that warmly invites the uninitiated listener into the unknown.
Following a string of EPs — 2015’s Thin King and 2016’s Over Imaginary Cigarettes — Flaural’s debut LP, appropriately titled Postponement, has been three years in the making. Over those three years, the band experienced both communal growth and personal loss while playing shows across the United States. Early pieces of Postponement were initially recorded while touring through the Bay Area at the now defunct Animal Room Studio, but the album arrangements didn’t begin to take form until the band settled back in Denver and linked up with producer / engineer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis). Over the course of the next year and a half, the band found pockets of time to finish the recordings. Time becoming a central theme of the album as a whole.
On March 27th, 2017, frontman Collin Johnson’s father passed away after a long struggle with ALS. The album cover serves as an homage to his death — an image resembling a clock with hands that read 3:27 — and the album’s first single, “The Thinker,” tells the story of his illness. “The Thinker” was originally written following his father's diagnosis, with Johnson singing, “Nobody likes when you’re not well / Come up, come up, and feel better now.” The song's lyrics were reworked after he passed, adding the line, “Unanswered questions still haunt me.” The emotional track ends with a dark, hectic, instrumental frenzy of piercing baritone saxophone squeaks layered over sporadic, aggressive guitar and driving drums.
“‘The Thinker’ definitely set a tone for the album in the sense of hardship and having no way out but just dealing with the way things are,” Johnson recalls. “Trying times have no grace and that manifested as a recurring theme through the rest of album.”
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