Born into a cult in Iowa, HNRY FLWR grew up meditating and moving around the world with a psychic mother who claims to remember being born. And there is something strangely meditative about the lyrical dream pop he creates with his evolving band in Brooklyn, NY. With a tour supporting TEEN in the U.S. and Canada (2018),  The New York Times hailing them as a “buzzy” band during Color Me Bushwick Festival (2018), and 40+ North American shows in 2017, it’s no surprise they were added to Deli Magazine’s Best Emerging NYC Psych playlist.

The world is an increasingly complex place and HNRY FLWR has had a stand out year despite the project’s own complex nature. Their “brilliant” (GoldFlakePaint) debut EP, FLOWERAMA, was released in the summer of 2017 on Paper Garden Records and quickly went viral on Spotify with over 500,000 streams. The “melodic, danceable, and devastating” (Alt Citizen) EP was produced by David Groener Jr, (who has worked with The National, Jonsi, +more).  The project centers around David Van Witt, who is constantly searching for the right questions to ask using sweeping 80’s synths, jangle-psych guitars, old drum machines and his melancholy baritone yearning and crooning throughout. But Van Witt knows the power of collaboration as the band has evolved and transformed with 15 different members— including members of Foxygen, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and Anna Wise. 

Now with his strongest lineup yet, HNRY FLWR has recorded his furthest reaching set of songs yet. He is set to wrap up on recordings that were made at his home studio in Brooklyn, and a 100 year-old house just outside the city. Expect a release sometime in 2019.

 
 

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HNRY FLWR get's mystical in Miyazaki-like music video

September 07, 2017

"Like a Miyazaki film, this video embraces nature and all its hidden spirits. Shots of a graceful deer trots through sun-spotted scenes, while HNRY FLWR becomes one with the forest that surrounds him. Also like a Miyazaki film, the video exposes the way humanity tortures its beautiful mother nature. Melodic, danceable, and devastating all in one–the song will have you swaying your hips and separating your recyclables in no time."

Brilliant new EP

August 01, 2017

"Hnry Flwr (Henry Flower?) seemingly has a thing about blossoming plants, professed not only with his name but also in the title of his new EP, Flowerama, which we’re very pleased to present a full stream of below. And yet his music is far from flowery. In fact, one might go as far to say that it’s the antithesis of such things, a wilted plant, left dehydrated in some desolate room, faded by the light, a distinct depiction of the relentless passing of time... A heartening and poignant collection of songs"

Best Emerging NYC Psych Artist List

June 15, 2017

 After spending the last two years honing his project's live show, he found a home for his debut EP 'Flowerama' at NYC's Paper Garden Records. Opening track “Stranger” moves from somber beginnings into a bright keyboard driven anthem. Nuanced layers emerge throughout with cascading background vocals and buzzing synths.  “As Above, So Below” (streaming) slithers along like a soundtrack to some middle-eastern mystery quest film.  Ballad “Little Brother” explores the cycle of violent abuse, ultimately concluding that “now I’ve become those bruises on your arms.”  “Down In Carolina” is propelled along by a deliberate bass line under bright synthesizer enhancements.  There’s a muted, distant quality to the vocals that add an air of mystery and depth to the track.  Closing track “Context (Trans-Pecos, On A Full Moon, On A Monday)” sounds pretty much as the title suggests - this acoustic-guitar-only live track was recorded at the Queens' venue.

HNRY FLWR Releases Single - As Above, So Below

March 10, 2017

Here is a glamorous way to indulge the indie-pop sphere with 70’s flair. Hnry Flwry’s no stranger to the pastiche of retro, building a budding approach of playfulness with poise on his latest “As Above, So Below.” In what stands for modern esthetics and are somewhere between lo-and-high-fi, it’s this sense of excitement in Hnry Flwr’s songwriting I really welcome; it’s in his music videos, it’s in his makeup and outfits–what comes from the dustbin of that Bowie-esque New York era–is an exciting feeling that I get from his work.

Meditative Psychedelic Pop

January 01, 2020

In the late '60s, Jim Morrison, in this interview, clearly predicted the future of music, envisioning something unimaginable at the time: a one person act, using tapes and electronic equipment as his or her band. We wonder if the psychedelic icon's dream looked and sounded similar to HNRY FLWR's video for "Down, in Carolina," which we are premiering below. Even though, in it, musical instruments are nowhere to be seen, David Van Witt, the psychedelic mastermind behind the project, doesn't do anything to hide the fact that he has full control of his creative output: the video plays like a solo dance full of glam overtones and lush with sensual background projections, during which David seems to do its best to... woo himself - in a self courting ritual that's synonymous with art. Those who, like us, love the the quirky and somewhat meditative psychedelic pop of Grandaddy may have found a new friend.

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