“Palm Vs Palm” is the first single of the album Balta Gaisma. Out on the 28th of September, on vinyl and digital.
Based in Riga, Latvia, Waterflower is ready to bring her unique plant-synth experimental sounds to the UK with upcoming album ‘Balta Gaisma’.
Having studied art, Waterflower brings together visuals and music to create an otherworldly aura similar to that of FKA Twigs and Bjork, which, oddly enough, is what put her in contention for Latvia’s Eurovision 2019 entry.
Sometimes working with living plants, either extracting their ‘generated melodies’ via electromagnetic pulses being sent to synthesisers or even using them as a ‘living keyboard’ (playing plants live on stage), Waterflower’s way of working is worlds apart from your everyday producer.
Pushing boundaries and making music so original and different from her contemporaries that she stands out from the crowd; Waterflower’s new album is like a journey through her very soul.
“As a conceptual artist I use many symbols, but one of my favourite art techniques for performance is something like Brian Eno’s creative strategy – to create a mechanism, run it, and see what happens. I start my Waterflower shows by connecting nearby plants. I never know how they will behave before the show, or how they will react to my touch. Experiments with different plant species intrigue me greatly.
I started working with plant synthesizers in 2015, when I saw the Kickstarter project for the Ototo synthesizer. I decided that this is what (..) “Waterflower” is all about, playing with plants as synthesizer keys. The technology used in Ototo also works with other materials, but plants are my choice. The other plant synthesizer I use is a MIDI Sprout. It measures the electromagnetic changes (impulses) in a plant and turns them into notes. Then it is up to me to find the most suitable instrument for these sound patterns. In each concert space, these plants create different melodies – I am very interested in that.” Waterflower
Innovative; experimental and somewhat extraordinary, Waterflower’s originality shines on the new album. From the jagged synth textures of ‘Find It’ and ‘Chemtrail‘ to the more delicate swirls of ‘Dawning’ and ‘Internal’, the album is an exploration through Waterflower’s fascinating mind. Sabine’s vocals remaining a crystalline, haunting constant throughout the album and shine bright on the first single ‘Palm Vs Palm’; a beat heavy cacophony of delicate strings, wobbling synthesizers, thudding drums and deep electronic bass sitting perfectly under her signature effortlessly controlled vocals. The song gets its title from the palm tree, as the song was composed by recording the sounds of a palm tree.
Now based in Latvia, she has lived in London, Berlin and even Helsinki; Waterflower has toured Europe heavily having chance meeting with one of her hero’s Brian Eno and appearing on line-ups at Positivus Festival, Ladyfest Tallinn and Leigh Folk Festival. Already with rave reviews from the likes of The Playground, Direct Actu and Resonance FM, Waterflower’s new album ‘Balta Gaisma’ is released September 28th.