The Florist (sometimes stylized as †he Floris†) is a shoegaze four-piece from Tokyo. I don’t know anything about them, and I only know about them because I spend so much time on shoegaze forums and specifically those that focus on Japanese bands.
They released an EP called Middle of Winter in the spring of 2013. That release featured a cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong”. I’ve only heard a snippet of it, and it’s a little different. A year later, they released their debut long-player Dark Entries. I assume that the album title is a nod to the Bauhaus song of the same name, but I can’t really be sure.
The instrumental bits are really amazing, and if I had to lodge a complaint it would be about the liberal usage of autotune on the falsetto vocals. I think there’s also a bunch of chorus on the vocal or some other effect that I’m not wild about, but I still really like the song.
“Sun Kills Moon” by The Florist
I didn’t notice this the first couple of times I listened to the song, but there’s actually a lot about it that reminds me of the fantastic Slowdive song “Alison”. Not the way the vocals sound, but the pacing of them, and the soundscape in at least the first verse. From that I get “Alison” The instrumental bit from 3:07 to 3:24 reminds me of Explosions in The Sky. I wish there was a lot more of that.
Like most music coming out of Japan, it’s pretty expensive if you wanted to get your hands on a physical copy, buy you can get an iTunes copy at normal iTunes pricing. Nothing digital from Amazon, and it’s not available on eMu.
Here’s the video for the song: