Florist, “1914″

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 08.13.14 in Listen to This

Sounding something like the second coming of Rose Melberg, Florist — essentially the project of one Emily Sprague — teamed with fellow New York outfits Eskimeaux, Frankie Cosmos, Small Wonder and Japanese Breakfast to record a song a day for one week in the month of May. Besides the limited time, Sprague had an additional challenge to overcome: these were the first songs she’d written after not being able to play guitar for three months due to an injury. “1914″ is appropriately delicate: Sprague’s playing is light and barely-there, and most of the song is powered by her beautiful, melancholy alto. “I’m a mess and I need someone to help me out with that,” she sings early in the song’s brief runtime. The remainder of the song plays out like a tender, tentative valentine.