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Myra Keyes Delivers Unique Blend of Rock on New Album 'Flower in the Brick' | Latest Buzz | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Myra Keyes Delivers Unique Blend of Rock on New Album ‘Flower in the Brick’

For Fans Of: Liz Phair, The Lemonheads, Sixpence None the Richer, The Cardigans, The Cranberries

Following up 2022’s Girl Reimagined EP, Chicago-based (by way of Portland, Oregon) artist Myra Keyes sets her sights high with the eight-track full-length album, Flower in the Brick, an indie-rock meets punk collection of hard-hitting, yet melodic songs that are sonically stunning and equal parts Liz Phair and The Lemonheads.

An album about “love, girlhood, and bathtub thoughts,” Keyes says there is no big, overreaching concept to the album, other than the fact she set out to make it colorful, due to her synesthesia. “I tried to write and produce every song to be a different color,” she admits. Besides each song being a different color, she also adds, “The moods of the songs are reflected in both the music and the lyrics. Cohesion is important to me. The lyrics/subject matter in ‘MME’ would never work atop the instrumentation of a song like ‘Stale,’ and vice versa. Lyrics need to match the energy of the music, I think.”

“We had so much fun making Brick, which feels bigger, sonically, than anything I’ve done,” she explains. “I couldn’t have made this record without the experience of recording Girl and working with Kendra. The new album is pretty pop-driven and positive, less shoegazey, though you still get that stuff in a few spots.” Keyes admits she writes with her synesthesia navigating the process. “Color is a big driver for me when it comes to workshopping and writing, laying out the music and ideas. It’s everything, the feel and the sense.”

Unlike the late-night introspection that made Girl a darker and stormier affair, the songs on Brick revealed an urgency and backbeat that demanded a full rhythm section. “Going in, I knew this record needed to have drums. I don’t play drums, so I was on the lookout for someone who could come into the studio and smash it. Kendra recommended Joe Mengis of the band Eels, and boy, he did just that. I also had Anna Fritz of Portland Cello Project play on the last track. Her cello part is one of the highlights of the album for me. And Joe’s drumming, my goodness.”

The result is an astonishing creative leap, an eight-song rollercoaster teeming with hooks and hairpin turns that covers miles of musical ground in only 29 minutes, with Keyes’s layered, overdriven electric guitars, expressive bass-playing and graceful piano/keyboard accents steering the songs into hitherto-uncharted territories over which her voice rises and falls like a nightingale.

Are you going to add Myra Keyes’ new album, Flower in the Brick to your rotation?

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