The project began while Florist's leading lady Emily Sprague was recovering from a severe bike accident that left her with a broken arm and neck. With only her voice and some one-handed keyboard playing, Sprague recorded the first half of the album alone; the second half of the album was recorded with the whole band. Premiering today is the delicate "A Hospital + Crucifix Made Of Plastic," a track about the difficult first half of the album's recording. It's painful, but I don't feel pain at all, Sprague sings. It sounds like she has magical powers.
"A Hospital + Crucifix Made Of Plastic appears on the first side of The Birds Outside Sang; the desperate, less glamorous, and lonely side," Sprague told The FADER via email. "It's an original recording from a very early point in my recovery while I was still far from fully functioning, in a haze of medication, and had only one working arm. It's a statement not about suffering but about realizing what you are and welcoming peacefulness and growth."
Stream "A Hospital + Crucifix Made Of Plastic" below, peep tour dates below that, and pre-order The Birds Outside Sang here.
1/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (Record Release Show)
2/24 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott * w/ LVL UP
2/25 - Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
2/26 - Toronto, ON @ The Cave - Lee's Palace
2/28 - Grand Rapids, MI @ TBA
3/1 - Chicago, IL @ Downstairs - Subterranean
3/2 - Bloomington, IN @ Kroger Castle
3/3 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
3/4 - Cleveland @ Mahalls
3/5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
3/6 - Richmond, VA @ TBA
3/7 - Washington, DC @ Comit Ping Pong
3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits