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Because of a Flower

by Ana Roxanne

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Trace Reddell Wow, Ana, bless you for this! What a stunning album. I'm loving the whole journey but keeping coming back to the wonderful track, "A Study in Vastness," which taps into a pre-"Dark Side" Pink Floyd space vibe or Popol Vuh cosmic expanse that I could just float in forever, though fortunately the next track carries on this kosmische sensibility with the lovely vocal work and guitar. Vast indeed, and thanks for the sonic mind and soul expansion! Favorite track: A Study in Vastness.
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Féfouille A real breathtaking album. Where the present is surrounded by an eternity. Favorite track: A Study in Vastness.
Charkha Discs
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Charkha Discs Even now, with tracks that run longer (7 mins rather the 4s on ~~~) the end always seems to come too soon. Moods as fluid and botanical as u’ll find anywhere. That we only get to pass thru these songs fills me with a little sadness, just as being present in any moment of beauty is always tinged with the melancholy of its awaited passing. Each track unfolds, revealing more on each repeating listen. I’m doubtful that there are any artists making ambient music as expressive or beautiful. Favorite track: Suite pour l'invisible.
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The sublime songs comprising New York-based musician Ana Roxanne's second record, Because Of A Flower, germinated gradually across five years, inspired by interwoven notions of gender identity, beauty, and cruelty. She describes her process as beginning with “a drone element and a mood,” then intuiting melody, syllables, and lyrics incrementally, like sacred shapes materializing from mist.

The experience of identifying as intersex informs the album on levels both sonic and thematic, from spoken word texts borrowed from tonal harmony textbooks to cinematic dialogue samples and castrati aria allusions. It's an appropriately interstitial vision of ambient songcraft, a chemistry of wisps and whispers, sanctuary and sorrow, conjured through a fragile balance of voice, bass, space, and texture.

Despite a background studying at the prestigious Mills College in Oakland, Roxanne's music rarely feels conceptual, instead radiating an immediate and emotive aura, rooted in the present tense of her personal journey. She speaks of the flower in the title as a body, singular and sunlit, as many petals as thorns, an enigma beholden only to itself. But whether taken as surface or subtext, Because is a transfixing document of a rare artist in the spring of their ascension.

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released November 13, 2020

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