Sounding not like her troublesome namesake, but rather, like the magnificent Sharon Van Etten, Flo Morrissey emerges as a true star with the offering of Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, her debut LP.
Much has been made of Flo Morrissey’s tender age (20), and yet, on a record such as TWBB, her age is irrelevant. Choosing to focus on developing her music rather than go onwards to University is a bold move for anyone; it seems here as though it was an inspired choice. Pages Of Gold carries the same vocal infliction as the aforementioned Van Etten, with a lilting chorus designed to cut straight to the heart of the listener. It is a beautiful track, one which deserves to be played, and re played, and is followed immediately by Morrissey’s first single, ‘If you can’t love this all goes away’ , a lament to a lost lover; “Now that I am no longer yours, what does this realisation implore?” It is hard to wonder how someone so young could have experienced the type of things Morrissey sings about, although, her ability to convey passion and longing is a delight to hear.
There are other vocal comparisons to be made; the ethereal Joanna Newsom, the sultry Lana Del Rey, dashed with a hint of fellow folk singer Jessica Pratt, all combining to create the delicate tones Morrissey possesses. Carried by some very able production work by Noah Georgeson, who has also worked with Newsom, the record is touched with harps, strings and pianos, creating an almost gothic scene. It is easy to imagine Flo Morrissey’s voice filling the walls of candle-lit churches, and even easier to imagine a big interest in her doing so.
The album cover perhaps presents Morrissey as a traditional ‘folkie’, when this is further from the truth. What Morrissey does on TWBB is present herself as an artist still to find her true voice, but doing a fantastic job at developing her very obvious talent. The addition of the strings does have a positive impact on the quality of the tracks, and leaves a big impression. This is a record that deserves time and attention, and should remain timeless in its production and delivery.