Double A Release Proves FLIIIS Have What It Takes
Lee Barber || September 30th
FLIIIS are one of those bands. They warm your heart when you hear their music. The freshness of their sounds reaffirms your faith in modern society's state of music. They make you happy. Latest single Conversations does just this, from start to finish, with flutters of head bopping melodies dotted throughout. Instead of attempting to try and explain what I think the track is about though, I asked Daniel Johnson for his personal view.
'Conversations is a song about using someone, and controlling them with sex. There's nothing more that you're there for, so when the brief conversations ends it's kinda like 'well, shall we just get to it?'. It's not neccessarily a true story per say, although I'm sure everyone's been in that situation, whether being the user or the used, but it highlights the emptiness of a promiscuous lifestyle that is so openly flaunted and accepted today. And, I guess, sort of an ode to better times, when the institution of family meant something more.'
Easing us with an African drum vibe, the cool riffs soon start to flow and the well structured drum beat instantly gets you going. Subtle use of added backing vocals and sneaking in instruments where you'd least expect it are exactly the kind of intelligent musicianship that will see FLIIIS go far, while the smooth breakdown gears you up very nicely for a hard-hitting ending, just to make you sure that FLIIIS really are one of your new favourite bands.
The song was recorded at Sam Bloor's Lower Lane Studios in Stoke-on-Trent, a name which is certainly worth remembering for future reference, for Sam's talent's seem to know no bounds and he is clearly destined to go just as far in music production as FLIIIS are in music writing.
Released as a double A record, second song Work It Out is a much smoother track, with a very funky bass line and some heavily chilled out vocals, as Daniel Johnson explained.
'Work It Out is another home recording that we did in our apartment on the south side of Manchester. We were listening to a lot of R&B at the time, namely the leaked-may-or-may-not-be-genuine Frank Ocean tracks from his new album, alongside classics such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, of course. So the track immediately took on this sort of '80's Harlem' vibe. Funk meets R&B meets pop. From there the track just sort of flowed and I knew, without even thinking, that it was a song about a girl. It just worked. Lyrically, the song's about making someone wait for you; loving someone but being too trapped in your own mind to give yourself to them 100%. It's a snapshot of the moment you think 'Oh fuck, I do really want to be with this girl and i've been making her hang around for me to make a move. Have I ruined it?'. You know, the classic story. But, overall, that track is so nostalgic and is a nod towards one of our favourite era's in musical history.'