Mahatma Gandhi, a peaceful soul awash with love, altruism, magnanimity and more, once said, “Where there is love there is life.” This humble belief is one that is often easily misplaced as people become more and more engrossed in daily activities rather than focusing on the present. Each day is an opportunity to flourish and thrive in the simple company (or contact) of friends, family, and those closest to us. Dating back to hundreds of millions of years ago, one of the most primal representations of the beauty of life and our closest relationships is the flower. Adapted as an embodiment of love, affection, friendship, hope, consolation, celebration, anticipation, and more, these naturally occurring life forms are often how people choose to let their feelings take shape.
This year instead of showcasing your love with the usual dozen red roses, opt for a different type of flower arrangement courtesy of Matthew Sage and his project, Professional Flowers. Professional Flowers illustrates bouquets of tones using an array of effervescent synth and field recordings, creating some really unique and therapeutic soundscapes. Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, Patient Sounds is a the lovely independent label crafting a limited special run of Professional Flower’s latest releases: Protex Biome and Genome Shuflr. Conveniently look for these special pink tapes coming out around Valentine’s Day. Each tape is complete with a card that carries a distinct flora aroma and it is printed on “seeded” paper that will grow into beautiful wild flowers after being planted in the earth.
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, people will be pressured by society to commercially represent their relationships and emotions with gifts. Last year flower purchases rounded out at approximately $2 million, and an estimated 224 million red roses were used to represent love. Alternatively you could support the hardworking people of Patient Sounds by checking out the oasis of sound that is Professional Flowers. With an essence of raw natural sound worthy of an ecosphere all its own, Protex Biome is overflowing with natural vibrations, synthesizer modulation, warbling bubbling, animalistic chirps, and artificial bloops and trills that warmly add zeal and contrast. On the other hand, Genome Shuflr brings in more of the intricacies of human life featuring naturalistic ambience and organic tones and whistles that highlight the unsystematic ways of the world. Both tapes are beautifully ornate, unique, and perfect to share with someone special this holiday. Protex Biome and Genome Shuflr are not physically available just yet, but if you click on the album art below, you will be taken to where you need to be to purchase the tapes if you so desire when the time comes (in less than 10 days).
Immerse yourself and those you cherish in in the full streaming Professional Flowers albums below, as you hopefully acknowledge more and more of the love and beauty encompassing your daily life:
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Learn more about Patient Sounds and think about supporting Professional Flowers this Valentine’s Day:
- Patient Sounds
- Patient Sounds on Facebook
- Patient Sounds on Bandcamp
- Patient Sounds on Twitter
- Professional Flowers // Bandcamp
- Professional Flowers // Twitter