Where blew a flower, may a flower no more is the sophomore album of Greenville’s’ basement rockers Apricot Blush. These guys come from a college band back ground filled with cold basements, deep thought and hometown love. Literally recorded in bedrooms across the Uplands, this album sounds utterly amazing. What strikes me to my core is the flashback I get in those dark lit parties that I attended in college – the feeling of hope and hopelessness. I think this album can be felt by anyone that has just too much heart and too much brain to make sense of it all. It mixes some of my favorite aspects of music; concept albums with indie folk sensibility. The album is said to tell a mythological story and instead of butchering it here is what the band has about it the goddess Sedna:
Sedna is believed to be the goddess of the underworld. Sedna drowned to the bottom of the sea after her Father cut her fingers off in order to save his own life. She now governs the bottom of the ocean and serves as the mother of all sea life. The Inuit’s believe that whenever man sins or does wrong, the sins and misdeeds gather in the form of dirt within Sedna’s hair – creating dreads (since she can’t comb her hair without fingers) along with a strong anger towards humanity. This stops the flow of sea animals from her knuckles and ceases all hunt / harvest for the Inuit tribes.
(It should be noted that 25% of all album sales do go to help the Inuit tribe) With that idea in your head you can make the journey through the album. When you listen, you will hear a healthy mix of hard indie rock as well as some folk inspired pieces. I am reluctant to call the truly folk pieces because their organization isn’t the same really. These folk instruments, especially the banjo, help paint the sonic landscape of the story told in the album more than just being standard accompaniment to another folk album. Another player or sound sonorities that should be talked about is the sound of the ocean. Found a multiple track this really brings the atmosphere in which Sedna lives come to life. Along with an accordion for a lovely sea jig that ends the album.
This cd is filled with symbolized but back with artistry and beautiful music. From the album dedication to the title that was inspired by the Dylan Thomas poem “Death Shall Have No Dominion” this is a music listen too by fans of the emotional, folk, melancholy and of course rock. I believe that these artists have a unique sound all there own but two band I could relate them to if I had to would be Neutral Milk Hotel and older Decemberist especially the Picaresque album.