Flora
Emerald City


4.0
excellent

Review

by neekafat CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
May 20th, 2022 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There’s no place like home.

It’s been one (1) incredibly long year since Flora Billen jumped onto our radar with her unassuming but strong debut EP, Keep Calling. Since then, the world and its people have continued this decade’s trend of rapid change, and no one is feeling the need for constant adaptation more than our youth. Her first album faces this front and center, its very title Emerald City pits Billen in an unfamiliar world she must feel her way out of—once again, she proves herself up to the task.

Billen’s voice has certainly not suffered in the meantime—on album highlights “Don’t Fit In” and “Holy Roller,” she commands a stronger control of her listless yet layered vocal performance than before, yet is humble enough to let the music speak for her when it should. And from the slow unfurl of its opening track to its dreamy back-half, its clear that her sonic repretoire has expanded considerably this time around. Swelling strings, jazzy horns, and eclectic percussion all punctuate different moments, but never paint over Billen’s roots in 90s alt-pop. Even though similar sonic expansion has been a trend in her contemporaries, this new toolkit feels refreshingly playful rather than plagiaristic.

Befitting its Wizard of Oz-inspired title, Emerald City is often a dreamy, hazy adventure, that makes the most of Billen’s isolated circumstances. While her lyrics are often understandably despondent, her hope is what’s infectious. In the midst of a tumultuous year, Flora Billen has risen to the challenge and delivered a consistently pleasant and bite-sized soundtrack to yet another 2020s summer.



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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2022


25672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Out June 3rd. Definitely worth a listen from my indie-pop homies!



"Violets Are Blue":

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK46ZCQ4eco

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2022


20805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice writeup! Beabadoobee being the most related artist on her page has me sold as well



I've been listening to a bunch of indie pop/rock recently, so this should be up my alley

Sowing
Moderator
May 20th 2022


43745 Comments


This will be an automatic listen for me just because of the Soccer Mommy and Clairo rec'd by reviewer inclusions.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2022


5649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The EP from last year had promise, so will be checking this. Nice review as well, Neeka!



The Wizard Of Oz, m/m/m/

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2022


25672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks homies, can see all of you really vining with this (:



In the meantime y’all should check Magic Eraser from her EP!

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2022


20805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will say, I'm liking the songs that have been released so far... there's an interesting balance between dreamy indie rock and retro jazz-inflected pop. Cool stuff!

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2022


25672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you liked the singles I think you'll really like the album!

Divaman
June 20th 2022


16120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like her. Good call, neeka.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2022


25672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yayay this is out now so everyone give it a listen! So glad you liked it Diva!

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2022


20805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules

Slex
July 31st 2022


16233 Comments


Need to check this

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2022


25672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pls do!



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