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Ana Roxanne

Because Of A Flower

Kranky

Released: 22nd January 2021

LP£21.99Out of Stock


The sublime songs comprising Los Angeles-based musician Ana Roxanne's second release, Because Of A Flower, germinated gradually across five years, inspired by interwoven notions of
gender identity, beauty, and cruelty. She describes her process as beginning with “a drone element and a mood,” then intuiting melody, syllables, and lyrics incrementally, like sacred shapes
materializing from mist.



The experience of identifying as intersex informs the album on levels both sonic and thematic, from
spoken word texts borrowed from tonal harmony textbooks to cinematic dialogue samples and castrati
aria allusions. It's an appropriately interstitial vision of ambient songcraft, a chemistry of wisps and
whispers, sanctuary and sorrow, conjured through a fragile balance of voice, bass, space, and
texture.
Despite a background studying at the prestigious Mills College in Oakland, Roxanne's music rarely
feels conceptual, instead radiating an immediate and emotive aura, rooted in the present tense of her
personal journey. She speaks of the flower in the title as a body, singular and sunlit, as many petals
as thorns, an enigma beholden only to itself. But whether taken as surface or subtext, Because is a
transfixing document of a rare artist in the spring of their ascension.