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      September 16, 2019

      Monday   7:00 PM

      54 North Orange Avenue
      Orlando, Florida 32801

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      With their nuanced songwriting and inventive sensibilities, flor use their songs to explore feelings of longing and heartache, anxiety and self-doubt. On their debut album come out, youre hiding, singer/guitarist Zach Grace, bassist Dylan Bauld, guitarist McKinley Kitts, and drummer Kyle Hill alternately magnify and brighten those feelings by dreaming up an intensely cinematic take on synth-driven alt-pop. But for all its transportive melodies and triumphant mood, come out, youre hidingwas born from aplace of painful vulnerability.Making this album has really been about me coming out my shell and getting over whatever block I have about letting people know whats going on in my head, says Grace, who serves as chief lyricist for the L.A.-based, Oregon-bred band. A lot of people probably struggle with believing in themselves that way, and the albums a testament to overcoming that.Mostly recorded in Baulds bedroom studio, with its title nodding to Graces reclusive tendencies, come out, youre hiding achieves its intimate feel thanks partly to a process that flor adopted soon after moving to L.A. Id started experimenting with different production styles, and I ended up coming up with these sounds that werent anything like what wed done before, recalls Bauld, flors main producer. Ever since then, Ill make a basic track and take it to Dylan, and hell build it from there, adds Grace. Starting out on my own makes writing a little easier, he continues. I can get it all out in a very journal-like way, and then pull back and process things a bit before putting it all out into the world.Not only essential in instilling come out, youre hiding with unfettered honesty, flors creative approach has shaped their singular sound. Mixed by Andrew Maury (Atlas Genius, Panama Wedding), come out, youre hiding infuses its crystalline textures with the heavy guitars and fierce drumming that flors long brought to their live show. We used to hold ourselves back and try to keep it simple, but now were doing whatever we can to make these big moments within our songs, says Bauld, whos also produced records for such artists as Halsey.With its airy beats and soaring melodies, Guarded starts off come out, youre hiding by offering a confession of insecurity. Guarded is about building up this castle around me and having it torn down, and trying to deal with losing that feeling of comfort, says Grace. On Where Do You Go, shimmering guitar tones match the songs tender romanticism. Its about a couple with this unspeakable joy about them, explains Grace. Its asking, Where do you go to find love like that?, because its so undeniably special. Also on come out, youre hiding, flor bring their dreamy introspection to songs like Overbehind, whosedetermined self-assurance makes for a sublimely uplifting closing track.Growing up in the tiny town of Hood River, Grace, Bauld, and Kitts first created music together as teenagers. Once theyd brought Hill into the fold and begun making their name as acaptivating live act, the band pushed forward in their career by relocating to L.A. Taking on the name flora word that translates to flowerin Portuguesethe band soon landed a deal with Fueled by Ramen, who released their debut EP Soundsin February 2016.Despite his initial shyness about sharing his lyrics on come out, youre hiding, Grace says hes ultimately emboldened by flors lavish arrangements. As soon as my lyrics are in the songs and theyve got that beautiful production on them, I love that people are learning who I am and what flor is about, he notes. Hopefully theyre finding something in it to make them feel some kind of companionshiplike were all going through these things together.

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