Based in Toronto and London, the Flowers Of Hell are a trans-Atlantic space rock orchestra led by Greg Jarvis, a synaesthete who sees sounds. Their classical-meets-shoegaze instrumental music has drawn praise from Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, and staff at NASA’s mission control, alongside more traditional places like Rolling Stone, NME, & Exclaim. . FlowersOfHell.com
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Released on a double sided CD/DVD with a stereo mix and a 5.1 surround sound mix, O is a 45 minute track that combines improvisations within a fixed song structure. Flowers of Hell is a trans-Atlantic space rock orchestra made up of a revolving line-up of 16 or so experimental, independent musicians based in London and Toronto.
Their all instrumental sound builds bridges between classical music and post rock, shoegaze, space rock, and drone music, often resulting in their being described as an orchestral extension of the work of The Velvet Underground or Spacemen 3.
Derived from the concept of 'absolute music', Flowers Of Hell mainman Greg Jarvis and The Earlies' Tom Knott co-mixed O based on their synaesthetic visions (both synaesthetes, Greg sees sounds as shapes while Tom sees them as colours).
O was recorded in a single take in Toronto by Jon Drew, and mixed overseas in Manchester.
The DVD side also features Live At The Music Gallery, an hour-long concert film for which the audio was recorded by Peter Moore & Perren Baker with the same sole mic that the two famously produced the Cowboy Junkies' classic Trinity Session album with. DVD bonuses include various live performances & videos.
CD Side: O (Stereo Mix)
DVD Side: O (5.1 Surround Sound Mix)
Live at The Music Gallery (Concert Film)
Opus 66 (Animated Video)
Opt Out (Live in Aberdeen)
Sympathy For Vengeance (Live in Toronto)
Opt Out Excerpt (Live in Prague)