The only word I can use to describe this album is “unique”. To write about it does not do justice to the experience of listening to it.
If the genre wasn’t out there enough, then how about the fact the artist uses plants to make various sounds on the tracks? Different to say the least.
The best description of front woman, Sabine Moore, comes from Paulina Dregvaite of 15min.lt.
‘On stage, Sabine Moore, the soul of the Waterflower project, looks like Mary Antoinette, descended from space and painted by the Pre-Raphaelites’.
Take nothing away from Moore here though, her creativity and initiative to even mentally come up with an album like this one is incredible.
In my 21 years of listening to various tracks from a number of artists from every genre under the sun, I’ve never heard anything like this.
As the first song of the album plays ‘Balta Gaisma’, listeners are greeted to Sabine’s Latvian mother tongue.
With a choral-like start, the 70’s synth vibe that runs through this album makes its first appearance; think Yazoo on drugs.
By using her own language, it centres the music around her, emphasising the personal prominence that ‘Balta Gaisma’ is so heavily rooted in.
The whole tune is an exploration of what different sounds can be achieved in the music industry, in this case, by using plants.
However, it doesn’t stop there as the lead track ‘Find it’ begins to play.
At the beginning, it gives off an air of Pet Shop Boys at the their height, with unusual sounds ringing out that shouldn’t work, but somehow do.
Arguably, the best part about ‘Find It’ is the independence of the track. It doesn’t follow a linear pattern of most songs i.e. verse, chorus then repeat three times over.
It’s its own being, twisting and turning at every opportunity to give your ears an experience they will never forget.
Not stopping there though, the soothing vocals from Sabine Moore add yet another layer to the song, taking the edge of the possibly harsh synth-like feel.
For me, what really makes this track is the use of a Sitar. Since George harrison, no one has really given this instrument an opportunity to shine, but Waterflower does just that.
While it may not feature heavily, you can hear it throughout, moving the track even further away from the mainstream chart music of today.
All I can say is, if I was on drugs, ‘Find It‘ would be my go-to song.
Another stand out track on the album is ‘Palm Vs Palm’, inspired by the use of palm trees to produce much of the sound you hear.
Sabine describes the use of plants as part of her work as a conceptual artist.
‘I use many symbols, but one of my favourite art techniques for performance is something like Brian Eno’s creative strategy – to create a mechanism, run it, and see what happens.
‘I start my Waterflower shows by connecting nearby plants. I never know how they will behave before the show, or how they will react to my touch.
‘Experiments with different plant species intrigue me greatly’.
This, I believe, would appeal to the typical modern music listener more than any of the other tracks on the album.
It starts like a bit of a dance anthem, definitely something I could bust a move to on a Saturday night.
The use of trees as the main musical sound adds yet another level of crazy to this album, but that’s what makes it so great.
The confidence shown by Waterflower to keep the vocals to a minimum and let these noises take centre stage proves how incredibly innovative they really are.
The Latvian-based singer is no stranger to the music world though. Having toured Europe at various festivals, this is part and parcel of her life, showing the world how music isn’t just guitars and a microphone.
The album itself is focused heavily in the LGBTQ+ community, something that Sabine feels needs to be expressed more.
‘Find It’ specifically focuses on this idea, suggesting that if you are part of the community you should be able to express yourself freely, like the song does.
Needless to say, I’ve never heard anything like this before. If you want to get a feel for this unique sound then check out the Spotify link below.
If you’re interested in dipping your toe into the world of Waterflower, then pick up Balta Gisma on vinyl or digital download now!