"Cute, catchy, sexy. These are three words I’d use to describe the music of Normandie Wilson, a painter/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist with a particular penchant for piano and smart pop lyrics... The album is terrific – a collection of pop songs washed between instrumental pieces that are interesting and perfect transitions between her fun songs and her more introspective ones. It’s a keeper that’s grown on me more and more with every listen."
- ekko, Berkeley Place
"Fans of San Diego’s eccentric mariachi rockers Red Pony Clock have no doubt noticed Normandie Wilson, their fetching marimba player...It’s fitting that Wilson’s vocals soar like a bird over her swanky pop arrangements — she’s a member of the San Diego Audubon Society, and has dedicated herself to painting every single species of bird before she dies."
- Chris Maroulakos, Owl & Bear
"I like to think of the L.A. neighborhood of Silverlake as the center of the indie pop world at this particular moment. I’m not sure if Ms. Wilson actually resides there, but her sound certainly fits in with the likes of Bird And The Bee and others of that ilk. Stripped down naïve fun pop for those who bow in reverence at the mention of Harry Nilsson."
- Russel Forster, Pirate Cat Radio
"The confidence within the vocals is nearly unmatched today. The lyrics... at times evoke Cole Porter. The piano playing reminds me a bit of Elliott Smith and Schroeder from “The Peanuts”."
- Christopher of Series Two Records, Even In The Future, Nothing Works
This is my first solo release in three years, and it reflects the result of a dramatic shift in pace for me. In the space of a year, I released another record with my former partner and sold almost everything I owned to go to Europe and travel on what was supposed to be an "indefinite" tour. Upon arrival in London, things were not what I thought they were going to be. Within three months, I was back in the United States practically penniless and weary from the failure of a long term on-again off-again relationship. While on tour with my other band, (San Diego indie/mariachi rockers Red Pony Clock) we were driving to San Diego and I wondered why I was still living in Los Angeles. For five years I'd been driving back and forth to and from San Diego to sporadically play shows.
On a whim, I packed up the car I bought for $550 in cash with the four or so boxes of remaining worldly possessions I owned and moved to San Diego. Within a couple of months I found an amazing place to live, started a new job, a new relationship, and a garden.
Up the street from me on El Cajon Boulevard, there is a flower shop called Dave's Flower Box. The building is adorably out of place with vintage signage in the midst of a couple of gas stations on a very busy, somewhat dirty intersection. I drove by it for about three months before choosing the title for this record.
I wish I could say this record was heavily thematic, or went together more than it does, but it doesn't; and that's okay. Half the songs I wrote while in the United Kingdom; ("I'm Not Dead Yet" was actually recorded using only my external mic on my MacBook while I was in Winsford, Cheshire County, and "Elevator!" was partially recorded in Glasgow, Scotland on a friend's organ) and the other half of the songs I wrote or finished since moving to San Diego.
I've been a bit backed up since 2007; I am mostly just happy to get back to my craft and keep making the kind of music that I'd like to make and share with the world. This is a collection of songs; it's just a gift from me to you.
Flowers are impractical, yet beautiful. I love flowers. I love that we have a place in our culture for flowers, which die in a couple of days, that we give to someone and say, "Here. These are going to die in a few days, but today - they're beautiful and I brought them to you, just to brighten up your day a little bit."
I'm almost done with what will be my fifth record at the time I write this (July 6, 2010) but I still want to share what I've been doing over the past year with you. Thank you for listening.