Today, British-Brazilian artist Liana Flores is proud to release her debut album, Flower of the soul, which is out now via Verve Records (The Velvet Underground, Astrud Gilberto, Kurt Vile, Arooj Aftab), released in the UK in partnership with Fiction Records (The Cure, Kate Bush, Kae Tempest).
Liana has always had an ear for the special moments in music. Growing up in a small town in South Norfolk, she would pick out melodies from songs and play them on her keyboard by ear, before starting piano lessons in primary school and eventually trying her hand at guitar from around age 18. She was adventurous from the beginning, learning the bossa nova songs she loved from her mother’s native Brazil in her later teens out of love for the “harmonic language” of the genre.

Blending elements of British folk, classic jazz and Brazilian pop, Flower of the soul is a release that explores transformation in all of its forms and puts a spotlight on a truly singular talent. Liana says, “Flower of the soul explores themes of nature and impermanence, the tension & connection between humans and the natural world, and what changes and remains throughout times of transformation.”

“Butterflies,” featuring Tim Bernardes – a member of Brazilian rock band O Terno and a Latin Grammy nominee – is one of the most integral parts of the record, a moment of reflection that combines the album’s core themes. Liana shares, “’Butterflies’ is a bossa nova expressing a state of in-between-ness when one phase of life ends and another begins. It was an honour to be joined by Tim Bernardes, whose vocals and guitar playing are a beautiful addition to the track.”

The release of Flower of the soul was preceded by “Nightvisions”, “I wish for the rain” and “Orange coloured day” – all of which received critical acclaim. Flores has also announced a run of Rough Trade in-stores across the UK this July, adding to her already sold out album release tour.

Flower of the soul is out now on all digital platforms, with CD and vinyl, including an exclusive limited edition ‘summer berry’ vinyl, out 12 July.

1. Hello again
2. Orange-coloured day
3. Nightvisions
4. Crystalline
5. Now and then
6. Halfway heart
7. “When the sun…”
8. I wish for the rain
9. Cuckoo
10. Butterflies ft. Tim Bernardes
11. Slowly

Liana Flores US & UK tour
June 28 – New York – Rough Trade NYC (in-store signing + performance) SOLD OUT
July 02 – London – Rough Trade East (in-store signing + performance)
July 09 – Bristol – Rough Trade (in-store signing + performance)
July 10 – Nottingham – Rough Trade (in-store signing + performance)
July 16 – Manchester – The Lodge @ Deaf Institute SOLD OUT
July 17 – London – Hoxton Hall SOLD OUT
Sep 06 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Sep 07 – La Jolla, CA – The Loft at UCSD
Sep 09 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Sep 10 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Sep 12 – Portland, OR – The Old Church
Sep 13 – Vancouver, BC – St James Hall
Sep 14 – Seattle, WA – Ballard Homestead
Sep 17 – St Paul, MN – Amsterdam
Sep 18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Sep 20 – Toronto, ON – Monarch
Sep 21 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Sep 23 – Boston, MA – Cafe 939
Sep 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sep 26 – Washington, DC – The Atlantis
Sep 27 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
Oct 22 – Manchester, England – The Deaf Institute
Oct 24 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
Oct 25 – Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Oct 26 – Birmingham, England – O2 Institute 3
Oct 28 – Bristol, England – The Louisiana
Oct 29 – Brighton, England – Komedia
Oct 30 – London, England – Lafayette
Nov 07 – Cologne, Germany – Yard Club
Nov 08 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
Nov 10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Rotown
Nov 11 – Hamburg, Germany – Nochtwache
Nov 12 – Berlin, Germany – Privatclub