Ana Roxanne

Because Of A Flower

£22.99
  • Ana Roxanne - Because Of A Flower
4th December 2020 / LP or CD / Kranky
“this is a magical record, one that instils a mindful awareness of your body while also taking you utterly outside of it.”
★★★★☆
 

Ana Roxanne

Because Of A Flower

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Beautifully crafted and delicately balanced ambient music from LA.

The sublime songs comprising Los Angeles-based musician Ana Roxanne's second release, 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 materialising 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 song-craft, 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 Of A Flower is a transfixing document of a rare artist in the spring of their ascension.

Format /LP or CD
Released /4th December 2020
Catalogue / KRANK230LP
Barcode / 796441823017
Artist / Ana Roxanne
Label /Kranky
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