With the highly anticipated debut release “In The Open”, Montreal’s Flora Poste brings the concept of genre-bending to a whole new level. With inspiration from folk and roots music at its core, the album’s eleven original tracks go further into the alternative genre with often heavy, rhythmic bass lines and grooving percussion, while staying true to its acoustic ground. Ear-catching melodies and addictive choruses bring pop elements forward, and the brilliant use of multiple harmonies and call-response backing vocals give an irresistible soul vibe to the record as a whole.
Flora Poste is the musical project of Montreal-based musician and songwriter Melissa Trottier. The concept for the project has been in development for several years as the young artist has grown in musicianship and life experience. It was during her time training as an actor at renowned George Brown Theatre School in Toronto that the concept for Flora Poste really began to take firmer root. When the need to write and fully explore the project took over, she left the theatre program and began writing in earnest – re-working songs written as early as seventeen and uncovering new ones that reflected her more current experiences and emotions. Before long, a body of songs was uncovered, and Flora Poste was born.
Drawing influence from favoured recent releases such as Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago”, it was decided to approach the recording as organically as possible – so she and long-time musical collaborator, multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Carmichael filled a car with recording gear and various instruments and drove to a friend’s remote cottage in Quebec’s Laurentian mountains, where they spent the next ten days arranging and recording the eleven original tracks that made the album’s final cut.
The track “In The Open” was chosen to title the album because it illustrates the emotion behind the process of writing, finding oneself as an artist, uncovering a true voice and the courage to express it. On a more universal level, it depicts the desire for remaining truthful to oneself and open to others in a world where there is so much doubt and fear. The song’s refrain is a mixture of a wish and a plea, repeating “Heart, stay, stay in the open…”. Finding truth and facing fear are recurring themes throughout the album, as well as love gained and lost. Questions are asked outright, such as in “What Do I Do?”, the album’s opener, where the concept of confusion is explored. The grooving “To Get Back” is based on the idea of how to fall back in love (after falling out), while soulful “Come In” begs a former lover to return to a home once shared. The haunting final track, “Bern”, was written while living for a time in the Swiss city that was birthplace to her mother, and examines the notion of escape. The album also includes a song written in French, “La Cygne”, which compares the complexity of being human to the seeming simple beauty of what life might be like as a swan.
The musical project title Flora Poste draws its name from the main character in one of the artist's favorite childhood books, “Cold Comfort Farm”.