Troi Irons — Flowers (Sept. 25, 2020)USA FLAG                                                                                                 Troi Irons — Flowers (Sept. 25, 2020) Troi Irons — Flowers (Sept. 25, 2020)♦  Los Angelesská zpěvačka a skladatelka Troi Irons vydala své nové LP Květiny, album jako self~release. FLOWERS spojují rock Paramore se zpovědním stylem Julien Baker, ale optikou černé ženy vychované v přísném a chráněném pravoslavném pseudokřesťanském domově. Tísnivé pohledy a nevyslovené definice ženskosti v jejím okolí formovaly její identitu, aby věřila, že ženskost a sexualita ji nepřijaly. 
♣   „Píseň Flowers a celé album jsou meditací o ženskosti a o tom, jak jsem ji po většinu svého života odmítala, protože kvůli ní se lidé cítí hloupě. A mají všechny ty posrané, nepravdivé definice. Snažím se pro sebe ženskost získat zpět.“
♦  Díky dlouhé cestě hledání, která zahrnovala odchod z domova v 17~ti letech a bezdomovectví, které ji vedlo k tomu, aby přežila jakoukoli práci, mohla přežít, našla Irons znovu náboženství. Tentokrát však sledovala svou vlastní interpretaci jeho významu.Troi IronsLocation: Los Angeles, California
Album release: Sept. 25, 2020
Record Label: Veni Vidi Vici Sounds
Duration:     38:40
01. Flowers   2:59
02. miss u now   2:45
03. Spot In The Concrete   2:47
04. Just Wanna   3:11
05. Shakespeare   2:46
06. R.E.M. /_12.13.19_   2:23
07. Am I Happening?   3:42
08. Hopeless Romantic   1:59
09. Thorns   3:33
10. Cigarette   2:46
11. lullabye   2:32
12. Naked   3:40
13. Woman   3:37
♦  Los Angeles singer, songwriter Troi Irons has released her new LP flowers, the album as a self~release. flowers, the album melds the rock of Paramore with the confessional stylings of Julien Baker but through the lens of a Black woman raised in a strict and sheltered Orthodox Christian home. The oppressive views and unspoken definitions of femininity within her surroundings shaped her identity to believe that femininity and sexuality did not accept her. Through a long road of searching that included leaving home at 17 and a homeless stint that led her to work any job she could to survive, Irons again found religion. This time though following her own interpretations of its meaning.
Matt Wallock, May 22, 2020
♦  Troi Irons’ new single “Flowers” — premiering below — was inspired by an insufferable writing session with an insufferable dude who didn’t even realize how insufferable he was.
♦  “‘Flowers’ is the ideological center and title track of my upcoming sophomore album,” Irons tells American Songwriter of the song. “I wrote ‘Flowers’ about this terrible writing session I had where the guy kept talking about himself and wouldn’t stop dicking around on his shitty guitar. There was no dialogue; I left in the middle of the session, feeling really stupid. Because I don’t often do writing sessions or any collaboration — it requires vulnerability. It’s like having sex. I even brought sandwiches for us to chat over, he didn’t open his.”
♦  The track is a searing alternative rock number driven by Irons’ barbed songwriting, nervy guitar riffs, and pounding production. Her vocals range from gentle and raw to grinding and relentless: “Think of all the noise we could be making in my bedroom / Think of all the choices we could make, ah / Think of all the noise we could be making in my bedroom / If you — if you weren’t such a…” she sings, building anticipation with each line. “Self absorbed, piece of shit, think I’m over it / You’re full of mouth, out of ear, think I’m out of here.” 
♦  “Flowers” is Irons’ second single of 2020 following “Miss U Now,” which showcases the LA singer-songwriter, multi~instrumentalist, and producer’s folk~pop side. Both tracks come on the heels of Irons’ debut album, 2019’s Lost Angels, which Irons’ has called “a post~coming of age album” about her tumultuous early years in the music industry.  Now she’s gearing up to release her sophomore effort.
♦  “The song and the album as a whole are a meditation on femininity and how I’ve rejected it for most of my life because people make you feel stupid for it,” Irons says of Flowers. “And they have all these fucked up, untrue definitions. I am trying to reclaim femininity for myself.”
♦  “I grew up in the 2000s, so I was into like Green Day and System of a Down,” Irons has said of her musical upbringing. “Honestly, I listened to mostly men. I’ve been thinking about that lately. Like how that kind of shaped the way that I saw it cause I didn’t really hear any female narratives until much, much later in life. It’s funny. I have two polar opposite moods for music. I listen to things that are aggressive and grandiose, like you can punch people or conquer villages. Or really, really sad, beautiful things like Sufjan Stevens or Phoebe Bridgers.”
♦  If “Miss U Now” falls into the latter category, “Flowers” falls into the former. “This side of love is trash / I look so stupid with these flowers for you / I’ll take my army knife and cut em in two,” Irons rages before delivering a scuzzy guitar solo. Needless to say, she’s the sole performer on the track. Check it out below.