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CD REVIEW: Flowerglass - The Lions

By: Cyrus Rhodes









Artist: Flowerglass
Album: The Lions
Label: Independent Artist

Genre: Earthy Folk, Acoustic Rock

Sounds Like: The Civil Wars, The Head and The Heart, Ingrid Michelson, James Vincent McMorrow.
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: It take s a Dream to kill a Dream, Wasted Flower, Fake Stars
Weakness: Short Sided CD



Los Angeles, CA based 2 piece unit “Flowerglass” release their debut CD entitled The Lions in 2012. Band consists of 2 core members: Scarlet Moreno (Vocals) and Trevor Smith (Vocals, Guitar, Lap Steel, Piano, B3 Organ, Percussion). Reading from the bio:
The two have cultivated an homage to the golden age of music. With Moreno’s vocal stylings echoing the likes of Jim Morrison and Patsy Cline, and Smith’s penchant for surrealism and poignant narration, Flowerglass invites its listeners into a world littered with road maps, lost souls, and hopeful romantics.


The CD gently takes flight with “Summer Wind Descendent” a smooth intro groove that serves up inviting vocals against impressive fretwork, smooth as silk rhythm section and mesmerizing vocal delivery from Moreno. Track 2 “It Takes a Dream to Kill a Dream” a slow moving follow-up piece with methodical rhythm, rich melody against heartfelt vocals from Smith. This  piece flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “The Lions of Santa Fe” delivers dynamic rhythm against thought provoking lyrical content, hypnotic vocal delivery against a grand slam chorus. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Song for song the effective combination of Morenos’ voice and Smiths' effective musical touches are never called into question. Musical styles presented from Americana, to Alternative Folk. Along the way besides the typical 4 piece standard  you will notice things like Harmonica, Organ, Percussion, Lap Steel and Piano. Now turning our attention over to Moreno - as for her vocal abilities - she is quite impressive. The music is cut from the cloth of as The Civil Wars, The Head and The Heart, Ingrid Michelson, and even James Vincent McMorrow. Moreneo showcases an impressive Mezzo Soprano with effective power and vocal passion. All of this makes for a strong and confident vocal ability. Smith is no slouch on vocals either as showcased on Track 2. Smith deserves allot of credit for his behind the scenes work on this production - he is an impressive musician. This latest CD from "Flowerglass" delivers 7 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of 2 up and coming artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are positive, passionate and captivating. From grooving “Fake Stars” to infectious Wasted Flower” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 7 “Graceland” the perfect wrap for a catalogue like this

It’s fair to say this CD is a bit short. With only 7 song presented in the line-up if feels more like an EP than a full length release. Perhaps 3 or 4 more songs are needed to seal the deal as a full length release.

I like everything about Flowerglass. Both Trevor Smith and Scarlet Meroeno are truly an infectious artists that possess a "Gold Standard"  look, sound, appeal, talent and marketability. Smith is a very impressive musician in his own right and his production strokes are spot on. From start to finish The Lions is an impressive catalogue of music. The music is warm and earthy, highly passionate, and very entertaining. The songwriting is an interesting snapshot of music from 2 very clairvoyant artists. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is extremely likeable very much like the artists themselves.  

Cyrus Rhodes