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One Hundred Flowers
Mechanical Bride
Stem Leaf
www.onehundredflowers.com


Austin, TX's One Hundred Flowers' November 2010 debut release, Mechanical Bride, is a stunning piece of indie-pop. Splitting the difference between the tween indie-folk of The Shins and the grandiose orchestrations of The Decemberists, One Hundred Flowers finds the perfect middle-ground with songs that are fully fleshed out without falling victim to over-production.

This collection of gorgeously craft songs is deeply layered both vocally and instrumentally. Perfectly placed background vocals and harmonies, supplied by a cast of female vocalists, add a depth to the production that is often missing from indie-pop debuts. Likewise, the instrumentation is impeccable. Flutes, accordions, clarinets, and cellos can result in a bloated mess when used poorly. This is never the case with One Hundred Flowers. The arrangements serve only to support the mood and themes of this collection of songs.

There is also a timelessness to One Hundred Flowers' presentation. Like a history of modern indie-rock, Mechanical Bride references its influences without copying anything that came before. There are hints of early-era R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs; The Sundays and The Cranberries; as well as contemporaries and the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. All these influences mashed up and spit out on Mechanical Bride, an album uniquely their own.

-George Dow

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