released October 11, 2014
"Future Flowers is the new(ish) project from Northampton’s Pat Clifford (Color Rabbit, Psychic Parrot, Noon On Neptune, Strobe Horse, Paper Tiger, etc). Future Flowers, with its debut release, feels like the natural continuation of the musical arc started in Color Rabbit and continued in Paper Tiger. The abstract psychedelia of the former has grown in its pop sensibilities with these two subsequent projects. While Paper Tiger felt primarily rooted in 90s psychedelic pop (especially The Circulatory System and other Elephant 6 bands), the ever expanding musical influences have reached both outwards and backwards with Future Flowers. Hints of Guided By Voices can be heard on Relativity Parade as well as, more notably, 60s psychedelic pop. At times there a strong Silver Apples vibes are present, but their drone-y psych-pop becomes warmer in Future Flower’s earthy synth spaces. One can even hear Black Moth Super Rainbow on tracks like “Another Song About Suns” or “Suns & Daughters.” Beyond the fact that Mr. Clifford is writing immensely catchy and enjoyable songs, there is a depth of ideas swirling around in this music that is rare. Relativity Parade, out now on Gray Cake Tapes, is essential listening. Recommended track: A Mind Of Stormy Weather" - Boston Hassle
"There's something particularly exciting about the work being done by experimental pop group Future Flowers (AKA multi-instrumentalist Patrick Clifford). He uses a reckless sense of melody and psych-influenced instrumentation to create songs that spring to life fully formed and ready to ricochet around like ecstatic pieces of pop wonder in your head. There's a determined DIY aesthetic pushing everything forward, enveloping the listener in its subtle electronic flourishes and striking pop narratives. But Clifford is doing more than simply retreading the sounds of his inspirations—Future Flowers is the conduit through which he twists and reimagines these familiar sounds.
On "Relativity Parade," his new collection of songs for Grey Cake Tapes, he digs into the past to connect the psych-pop theatrics of the '60s with the lo-fi indie rock sounds of the early '90s—imagine Mouse & the Traps crossed with Guided By Voices, with a little bit of electricity thrown in for good measure. There's a buzzing rhythmic voice that keeps everything held together while also beginning the process of slowly dismantling his influences and rebuilding an entirely new set of sounds from these separate musical filaments. Clifford imbues these songs with an inherent life of their own, giving them a dramatic pop presence, which allows them to burrow deep within your subconscious. And they will stay there for a very long time." - The Tape Deck (nooga.com