You’re probably looking at this and the YouTube streaming link thinking, “oh, cool, this is a music video premiere!” Little did you know, floral is a hundred-track alternative folk album composed by Jake Bellissimo (alias gay angel) and performed by many of his friends. The album ranges from neo-classical atonal compositions to cloying, endearing folk numbers, and I gotta say, I’m impressed by the sheer quantity (and quality) of collaborations of which it is composed.
“floral” features a marching band-esque dance-hall feel, complete with horns and mallets and talented female vocalist. The video centers around a pink tulip being carried around urban areas, including some coy shots of the cameraman (Jake, probably? Video is made by Ben Escobar) holding the flower in front of a mirror, the flower in front of a bong toke, the flower in front of a fireplace, and so on. The strings and clicking percussive elements are extremely pleasant and lend a noticeably unique feel to an arrangement which directly acknowledges its influences with a reference to Edith Piaf. All in all, it’s very charming and compelling – I’ll give you a glimpse of the excellent writing:
The full, 100-track version of floral was released in four ‘bouquets’ which can be purchased via gay angel’s bandcamp. You can also keep up with him on social media. Yay!