Fit to the shade of June Gloom and the limitless fervency of a summer night, Flora & Fawna conceive a sentimental wave on their latest single, “Blame It On The Stars.” Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Lili Hickman and Mason Ables, the Austin duo boast a lush arrangement on their second single, and pull in the sleek rhythm of contemporary R&B in the midst of their electro-pop sound.
Whereas their first single “Slow Burn” took to an evolved, pop-dance soundscape, “Blame It On The Stars” glows in its precise mood of contemplation and curiosity; placing, or creating, excuses for “bad behavior” based on the alignment of the stars.
“We felt a lot of people in our generation use astrology as an excuse when ‘the stars don’t align’ the way they want them too,” said Hickman. “This song symbolizes recognizing not only when to leave an unstable relationship, but also that we all have problems and excuses don’t solve them.”
Honing beautifully to these sentiments, the track glides from a pristine production — blossoming from lavish synths that grow with the track. Hickman’s thick vocals navigate the initial stress of displaced emotions, delicately running from a smokey to silvery delivery. Tightened with a deep percussion, primarily a reverberating snare and kick, “Blame It On The Stars” soothes a primeval wonderment that emerges during the throes of love. Slated for an EP arriving late summer, Flora & Fawna’s addictive portrayal have predicted a neo-pop collection that is sure to satisfy.
Flora & Fawna will be playing Friday, July 5th at Mohawk Austin, alongside bird and Hex Boyfriend.
Cover photo: Jesus A. Acosta