Joan of Arc
Jun 9, 2009

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Despite being written over the course of a year in four different sessions with four different lineups, the first listen reveals the songs on Flowers as a more cohesive unit than those on its predecessor Boo Human.

As the record neared completion, Tim Kinsella and the latest incarnation of Joan of Arc entered the studio one last time with hardly any songs written and no instruments. Instead, the group simply did what felt right, using what was available to all the musicians who had recorded there previously -- pianos, acoustics, and synthesizers -- to create a new batch of music after only two days.

This experience encapsulates the spirit of Joan of Arc -- a mentality that embraces contradictions and tears apart common musical structures, only to rebuild them without a blueprint. Joan of Arc continues to succeed in doing what many strive for with a new album: creating an obscure combination of familiar, obvious ideas while sticking with the notion that "if it feels good, do it."


  • 1
    Fogbow (4:07)
  • 2
    The Garden of Cartoon Exclamations (5:05)
  • 3
    Flowers (6:38)
  • 4
    Fasting (2:10)
  • 5
    Explain Yourselves #2 (3:11)
  • 6
    Tsunshine (6:04)
  • 7
    A Delicious Herbal Laxative (2:15)
  • 8
    Explain Yourselves (4:11)
  • 9
    Table of the Laments (2:28)
  • 10
    Fable of the Elements (2:12)
  • 11
    Life Sentence / Twisted Ladder (4:18)
  • 12
    The Sun Rose (1:24)


And yet, Flowers, a collection of mystical-seeming noise collages, absurdist dirges, and Pavement soundalikes, is as listenable as it is difficult to pin down: Hearing Kinsella empty out his mind might just calm yours.

Spin Magazine


  • Flowers (6:46)
    Jennifer Buffet

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