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Flor and the Sea's debut is a lesson in wonder

"Kings & Queens EP"

Release date: 06 November 2020
Flor Kings And Queens Cover by Andrew J Miller
06 November 2020, 20:45 Written by Amy Albinson
Drenched in warm, fuzzy electro-pop, Munich-based duo Flor and the Sea hold tight to a wide-eyed wonder on debut EP, Kings & Queens.

A perfect soundtrack to the hazy smoke of a club dancefloor, the pair combine syncopated beats, hypnotising synths and smooth, honeyed vocals in a whirl of catchy melodic hooks. Emotive and futuristic in their pop sensibilities, opener “A Candid Lie” introduces the pair with a dark and playful undercurrent, suited to the late night drive of a coming of age movie.

As second track “A Dark Mind” chimes in, they find themselves mournful, hooked on wistful refrain “when will we be home again?” that conjures up images of loss and confusion. Yet, at its core, sits hope and a brightly curious outlook, all lending to the captivating nature of the duo.

Centrepiece and title track “Kings & Queens” is a steady builder, gliding effortlessly into a glorious sparkling symphony. Haunting and captivating, vocalist Chaem’s natural reverb recalls that of Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry in its crystal clear nature, floating over an unfaltering, driven rhythm and questioning a life reduced to movement as only a performance.

Across the EP, Flor and the Sea are writing music for their own personal electronic dream world. With dissonant elements perfectly paired with chiming airy breaths, gentle piano touches and a persistent humming bass modulation, they move between ballads to electronica anthems effortlessly, all well-balanced with their own wondrous curiosity as its driving force.

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