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EP Review: Fruit & Flowers – Drug Tax

Chelsea Conte August 28, 2017 New Music, Reviews No Comments

Fruit & Flowers

When you go to the beach you can always be assured that there will be some form of waves, sand and a hefty dose of salt. The ocean is constantly throwing surprises our way from little sea glass tokens to washed up horse shoe crabs or maybe even a message in a bottle. It’s a consistently changing place but its core remains the same. Something that Brooklyn based quartet Fruit & Flowers knows something about.

The debut EP from the band titled Drug Tax is a more put together and polished reflection of their original origins, with the tootsie pop core still the same dark surfy tuneage that rips.

“Out of Touch” opens the record with chugging guitars and hazy reverb coating the surf noir that pumps through the speakers. Vibes of the Breeders echo throughout with harmonies accentuating the warmth of the track and little sprinkles of jangly guitar stand out.

“Subway Surfer” has more punk efforts than the rest of the record but shows the diversity that Fruit & Flowers have pumped into one short album. “Dark Surf” is exactly what this Brooklyn band sounds like. With lyrics bringing you imagery of beaches, dark oceans and surf throughout the 6 song EP. “Dark Surf” illustrates the gorgeous harmonies that take the forefront on Drug Tax adding in a little something extra.

“Down Down Down” has dark and punchy bass lines, sultry and ethereal vocals by Carolina Yoder. The exploding guitar solo with triple harmony to end the track backed against a deep bass line really ties it all together.

Overall there are heavy motifs of summer, beach, surf blasted with hazy and fuzzy guitars tying in their self-proclaimed genre of surf noir.

Fruit & Flowers are Ana Becker, Lyzi Wakefield, Caroline Yoder and Jose Berrio. This foursome are pumping out gritty, dreamy surf tunes you’ll want to listen to all summer long. Drug Tax is the debut EP from the band, specializing in mysterious tones and harmony laden tunes balancing out the beauty and darkness. Out via Little Dickman Records, Fruit & Flowers have honed in on their sound creating a truly decadent record.

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Chelsea Conte is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communication. She's a freelance writer based in New Jersey who enjoys running, making bad puns and eating macaroni and cheese. Follow her @chelseaconte

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