Waterflower and her atmospheric album ‘Balta Gaisma’ will be truly loved by followers of experimental electro icons such as Grimes, Bjork and Kate Bush. Based in Latvia, Waterflower has already turned heads due to her dreamy soundscapes and use of plants and flowers to produce musical tones, never afraid to stray away from societies’ usual musical standards to promote self-expression and to champion the LGBTQ+ community.
“On stage, Sabine Moore, the soul of the Waterflower project, looks like Mary Antoinette, descended from space and painted by the Pre-Raphaelites.”
Paulina Drėgvaitė, 15min.It
Featuring six tunes, ‘Balta Gaisma’ opens with the gentle title track. With an almost nautical entrance sound, before adding a striking, electronic beat and eerie vocals, Waterflower holds a running theme of a connection to nature, setting the stage for the rest of the album. This then fades into her punchy anthem that is ‘Find It!’. It features inspirational lyrics influenced by Madonna of the 80s, referring to the value of being yourself without apology.
All of this is set to jarring electro beats in a galactic soundscape. ‘Internal’ and ‘Zem Udens’ project a heavenly sound, allowing us to hear more of the amazing vocals of Waterflower while still retaining her stylistic tone. The funky ‘Palm vs Palm’ is followed by a special music video that you can watch below, showcasing her love and link with nature. The album closes with the touching track ‘Love’, revealing Waterflower’s more fragile side through careful lyricism and a gentle melodic touch.
Waterflower’s training in art is evident in her ability to combine visuals and music into a beautiful presentation of her talents. This is particularly prevalent in her live shows where she deals with live plants, either by extracting their ‘produced melodies’ by electromagnetic pulses or sometimes even using them as a ‘living keyboard’, demonstrating that her way of working is far from your ordinary producer. Speaking on her artistic influences and experiences with art, Waterflower explained:
“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.”
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