The Flowers from Hell

Odes (Optical Sounds)

Mining the sublime from a broad selection of music is the knack of Toronto multi-instumentalist Greg Jarvis and his aggregation The Flowers of Hell. When Neutral Milk Hotel and the Czech band Plastic People of the Universe each get a baroque trumpet and violin makeover, you know somebody’s given this some thought. Klaatu’s “Calling Occupants” gets a fresh interpretation from vocalist Frances Hurley. Most outlandish is the fusion of Lou Reed’s “Heroin” and his wife Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” into “O Superheroin.” Joy Division, Stereolab and Fleetwood Mac also come in for unique, occasionally dense orchestral treatments.

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