17 Sep 2017

A Beautiful Shade of Blue

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 17 September 2017
The Floral Clocks - Richard von Sturmer and Gabriel White

The Floral Clocks - Richard von Sturmer and Gabriel White Photo: Parbhu Makan/The Floral Clocks

William Dart: "Auckland's Albert Park once had a fully operational floral clock and I used to pass it daily walking down the hill from Princes Street. I always marveled at the illusory lightness of what must have been a substantial piece of machinery. And there's a similar lightness to the music of The Floral Clocks."

The Floral Clocks is an Auckland duo - Richard von Sturmer, the wordsmith, and Gabriel White, the music man - active since 2014.

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Photo: The Floral Clocks

A Beautiful Shade of Blue is their second album and it comes in a handsome A5-sized booklet with photos by von Sturmer. It's an almost startling advance on the earlier Desert Fire, which had a rough, home-hewn quality. Gabriel White has upgraded his guitar and the set benefits from being mixed at Depot Sound in Devonport.

Von Sturmer is a perfectionist with his words, a jeweller in syllables, consonants and vowels. White's music is beautifully layered, allowing space for the little dissonances he so obviously likes.

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Wail' (White et al) – Spacesuit
Spacesuit
(Private)

'Kiwi Keith' (The Plague) – The Plague
Infectious EP
(The Plague)

'Floral Clocks' (White/von Sturmer) – The Floral Clocks
Desert Fire
(The Floral Clocks)

'A Flock of Seagulls' (White/von Sturmer) – The Floral Clocks
Desert Fire
(The Floral Clocks)

'Olin Hotel' (White/von Sturmer) – The Floral Clocks
Desert Fire
(The Floral Clocks)

'The Tide Goes Out' (White/von Sturmer) – The Floral Clocks
A Beautiful Shade of Blue
(The Floral Clocks)

'Red Capsule' (White/von Sturmer) – The Floral Clocks
A Beautiful Shade of Blue
(The Floral Clocks)

'Nevada Dada' (White/von Sturmer) – The Floral Clocks
A Beautiful Shade of Blue
(The Floral Clocks)

'Around the Margins' (White/von Sturmer) – The Floral Clocks
A Beautiful Shade of Blue
(The Floral Clocks)