Listen: ‘Flowers’ by Milk Buttons

One part Melbourne, One Part Brisbane, all parts exciting, Milk Buttons drop the eclectic new track Flowers. Deliciously inventive, you can hear echoes of the best of Beck, hints of upbeat Radiohead and just and generally enticing exploration of songwriting.

Slotting into its very own place inside the spectrum of Australian independent psych rock, Milk Buttons are releasing their debut single ‘Flowers’.

With shimmeringly ominous analogue synths, lush string arrangements and layers of bold psych rock guitar the Melbourne/Brisbane based duo Milk Buttons is the creation of experienced songwriters Jackson Muir (Mosman Alder) and Cameron Bower (Big Dead). 

Between the two (in other projects) they have played festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, Groovin’ The Mooand Falls Festival; supported the likes of Kimbra, Father John Misty, Big Scary, Bernard Fanning, The Besnard Lakes and Tortoise; and released critically received records and embarked on their own headline tours.

Helping piece the songs together, Muir and Bower reached out to friends who are also making marks in the alt-rock/ post-punk scene – Nick Broomham (Big Bad Echo) on Bass and Alex L’Estrange (Mid Ayr, Emma Louise) on drums and co-engineer.

Bringing together this wealth of experience and tastes in songwriting, their debut release ‘Flowers’ features Cameron Bower’s soft and tender croon with a strong combination of bright and melancholic melodies, harmonies and textures.

From the get go the track, volume knobs go up and a barging, marching pace is set as the drums drive away on the beat with the darker, timely tolled bell, alongside layers of dirty psych rock guitar, percussive acoustic strumming and gloomy synth.

It settles in the verses as Bower joins with vocals and with layers of acoustic guitars with rolling toms, keeping the dynamics on edge for the fuzzy analogue synth and electric guitar lines to progressively join for the ominous chorus line and back into the clamouring bridge/ intro/outro.

The song as stated by Muir is, “Built on a meditation on dreaming, a portrait of an idyllic landscape juxtaposed against a violent act of nature. Wrapped up inside of this is a story of human longing and unrequited love.”

Milk Buttons have, in no doubt found themselves in a sonic meeting place of experimentation and subversion of popular music conventions.

Cameron Bower (Brisbane) and Jackson Muir (Melbourne) are available for interviews. Please contact Kick Push PR to find out availability and to organise media passes for any of the upcoming shows.

More information about Milk Buttons can be found in the bio,  here.