The Bowery Ballroom
flor

flor

Handsome Ghost

Sat, February 17, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$15.00

This event is 16 and over

Due to overwhelming demand, the Flor show originally scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at Mercury Lounge in New York City has been upgraded to Bowery Ballroom. Tickets purchased for the original show at Mercury Lounge will be honored at Bowery Ballroom.

flor
flor
With their nuanced songwriting and inventive sensibilities, flor use their songs to explore feelings of longing and heartache, anxiety and self-doubt. On their debut album come out, you’re hiding, singer/guitarist Zach Grace, bassist Dylan Bauld, guitarist McKinley Kitts, and drummer Kyle Hill alternately magnify and brighten those feelings by dreaming up an intensely cinematic take on synth-driven alt-pop. But for all its transportive melodies and triumphant mood, come out, you’re hiding was born from a place of painful vulnerability.

“Making this album has really been about me coming out my shell and getting over whatever block I have about letting people know what’s going on in my head,” says Grace, who serves as chief lyricist for the L.A.-based, Oregon-bred band. “A lot of people probably struggle with believing in themselves that way, and the album’s a testament to overcoming that.”

Mostly recorded in Bauld’s bedroom studio, with its title nodding to Grace’s reclusive tendencies, come out, you’re hiding achieves its intimate feel thanks partly to a process that flor adopted soon after moving to L.A. “I’d started experimenting with different production styles, and I ended up coming up with these sounds that weren’t anything like what we’d done before,” recalls Bauld, flor’s main producer. “Ever since then, I’ll make a basic track and take it to Dylan, and he’ll build it from there,” adds Grace. “Starting out on my own makes writing a little easier,” he continues. “I can get it all out in a very journal-like way, and then pull back and process things a bit before putting it all out into the world.”

Not only essential in instilling come out, you’re hiding with unfettered honesty, flor’s creative approach has shaped their singular sound. Mixed by Andrew Maury (Atlas Genius, Panama Wedding), come out, you’re hiding infuses its crystalline textures with the heavy guitars and fierce drumming that flor’s long brought to their live show. “We used to hold ourselves back and try to keep it simple, but now we’re doing whatever we can to make these big moments within our songs,” says Bauld, who’s also produced records for such artists as Halsey.

With its airy beats and soaring melodies, “Guarded” starts off come out, you’re hiding by offering a confession of insecurity. “‘Guarded’ is about building up this castle around me and having it torn down, and trying to deal with losing that feeling of comfort,” says Grace. On “Where Do You Go,” shimmering guitar tones match the song’s tender romanticism. “It’s about a couple with this unspeakable joy about them,” explains Grace. “It’s asking, ‘Where do you go to find love like that?’, because it’s so undeniably special.” Also on come out, you’re hiding, flor bring their dreamy introspection to songs like “Overbehind,” whose determined self-assurance makes for a sublimely uplifting closing track.
Handsome Ghost
Handsome Ghost
A philosophy major, a teacher, a folk singer; these are some of the paths Tim Noyes traveled before starting Handsome Ghost.

Noyes began writing folk songs in college, five hours west of his native Boston. After graduation, he taught English for three years at a Bronx high school, playing shows and open mics in the evenings. The contrast of clubs and classrooms couldn't last, and a publishing deal encouraged him to risk becoming a full-time musician.

Eventually, Noyes felt himself moving away from folk music. As his tastes became more eclectic, "One month I love R&B and then it's today's pop or 90's hits," the acoustic world seemed to present certain limitations. At an artistic crossroads of sorts, he considered a possible return to teaching, a move to the suburbs, or joining his father's family business.

Instead – Noyes poured his doubts into a new project, Handsome Ghost, still crafting every song with an acoustic guitar, but now augmenting them with colorful, electronic production. "I'm in a strange place in my life. I'm not a kid anymore but I know I'm not quite an adult yet, either," Noyes explains. "I can pretend like I am and I often do, but if I'm being honest, I'm still not there. Many of these new songs live in that lost world between responsible and reckless, between figuring everything out and having absolutely no clue."

In the generation of ever pro-longed youth, wondering when to grow up isn't uncommon, but choosing a career in music only exacerbates the extremes. For all of the perks – traveling the country with friends, performing each night, meeting new people - it's not without malaise. It's a life that leaves very little time for hobbies, friends back home, or love. When it comes down to one or the other, Noyes picks his music. While Handsome Ghost's debut EP Steps amassed over 20 million streams, Noyes spent 2015 touring the U.S. and writing almost 100 new songs. Six of these will be featured on a second EP The Brilliant Glow - out fall 2016 - with a debut album to follow in the winter.

"It's hard to know which parts of the past are worth fighting for and which parts are better to just let go of. Sometimes it seems like you have to cut ties to move forward, but that's a lot easier said than done. I think a lot of these new songs center around that idea: we know what we need to do to grow, but that doesn't always help."
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/