Nobody grows up wanting to be an artist’s artist. Appreciated by the sub sect of the sub sect is like being the beauty queen at the leper colony. Hell, anybody who claims they grew up wanting to even be an artist rather than an astronaut or a Cthulhu is probably lying or was a corny kid. Art is hard and degrading and generally bullshit. Your friends will find you irritating and your parents will certainly not throw you a parade. But if you’re an artist you’re an artist; the soul will fuck you every time, what can you do?
Shilpa Ray is, through no fault of her own, one of our unsung great artists. Having made her bones with the gothic Sturm und Drang of Beat The Devil and moving forward to the blues erosion of “…and The Happy Hookers” Shilpa Ray has been, armed only with an incomparable voice and harmonium haunted by the ghosts of dead lovers, perpetually crying in the wind, hoisting both middle fingers in the general direction of god. It’s not a life a wise man would choose. Shilpa Ray kicks against the pricks but the pricks keep coming. But, again, what can you do?
Hnry Flwr (Henry Flower) is an earnest satellite operating on empathic waves sent by their maker -- who after getting fed up with Industry, began innovating brands-as-culture-viruses . His first product as a freelance creator is Hnry Flwr, a b(r)and so life-like it uncannily resembles the very human who constructed him. Hnry Flwr can talk, sing, and cast sound from their instrument, but most impressive is their ability to translate the feelings of human experience into lyrical paradoxes.
They do so with the well-groomed brand- and technical support from the cult of music: Jared Weatherman Walker, Abdon Valdez III, Jamie Buxton (who have supported other brands such as Foxygen, Hellbirds, and Hair, respectively).