When you mix an activist agenda with a focus on aesthetic beauty you get the music project duo known as The Flower Pistils. Micah Huang is a musician and performance artist based in Boston that partnered with composer Emma Claire Gies for this project entitled "Zara and the Electric Gamelan."
The perspective of this album is from Zara who is a solitary time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future. The album features the unique Balinese Gamelan genre with electronic infused indie rock. With all of Huang's work there is storytelling, activism, multiracial influences and a gender/queer perspective. A truly inspired work of art from the beginning to the end.
"Bought or Sold" is the first piece on the album and definitely eases us into the Balinese percussion as well as more of an ethereal indie sound. The vocals start but the rest of the song crescendos into a more heavy Balinese percussive state that bellows and echoes with the indie guitar. Two unique sounds, yet complementary.
We move into straight Balinese percussion in "Queen of the Night," the second song of the album. The lyrics and vocals are unique, hypnotic and almost other-worldly. It is a bit dark and a bit mysterious in instrumentals.
My favorite song in the whole album is “This Con.” It feels tropical and playful, and I noticed myself even swaying while listening to it. "I need a place in this con, this conversation..." I love the play on words within the lyrics, but this is where the Balinese shines. It's as if the indie scales have tipped.
Get ready to hear electronic, dystopia, and reminiscent elephant trumpets in "All I Want" featuring rising Seattle transgender community music star Claire Michelle. The lyrics are seductive, straightforward and cut close. "I'm always on the run, don't want
to get caught," rising and falling throughout the five-minute song.
"Jungle Flute" is the final song on the album, and instead of focusing on the percussion, we move into woodwinds as a focus. It is playful, light and melodic. Tranquil river and forest sounds with a soft drum in the background that sounds like thunder, this song may be the more experimental one on the album yet still retains its spark, it's connection with what is lost in grief, but also celebrates the beauty that is.
The work of Micah Huang is professional, multicultural and interdisciplinary. I feel that as a performance artist he would add a whole new layer of storytelling visually to his music. There are a variety of songs, each featuring different stories and chapters but in some beautiful winding way we end up transfixed in the instrumentals, probing lyrics and ride the stories that he creates.
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