PREMIERE: Watch Flo Morrissey’s Dreamy Live Performance of ‘Pages of Gold’ From Her Debut LP
It’s almost arresting to find out that singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey was born in 1994. At 20 years old, the London-born indie folk artist has an other-worldly voice and a sound from a bygone era. Though she’s something a reincarnation from the sixties with long, flowy hair and a flower child-meets-Sergeant Pepper look, there’s an entirely new affect to the singer, whose debut album Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful comes out on Friday. About the album, Morrissey tells us:
“[It] was inspired by a place of innocence and almost exploring fragility but understanding the real feeling in me that’s strong and rooted, and finding that balance in all aspects of my life. Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful is almost like advice — everything can be made beautiful — even the ordinary things we come by, and the sadness and the hurt — they can be of such huge benefit that knowing this gives us a relief and an element of ‘hopeful hope,’ something special my dad said to me to me recently…it’s something we need.”
Of the ten dreamy tracks on the LP, Morrissey is most excited about “Show Me,” which she first wrote at 15. She considers it her first real song that’s developed and grown with her over the past five years. “I understand the meaning behind my lyrics more now with age, which I know sounds strange,” she explains. On the other end of the spectrum, “Wildflower” is the newest song on the album. It shows a certain maturity and sense of self. “It shows that I’m letting myself explore and dive deeper into the world…it makes me feel emotional playing it live because it’s quite euphoric and brings that ‘hopeful hope’ I spoke of earlier.”
Fans will be most familiar with her single “Pages of Gold,” which first wowed listeners by making us believe Morrissey was older than she actually is. Lyrics like, “if I’d were to love another, I’ll pretend it doesn’t bother me” make us wonder if she’s experienced enough pain and heartbreak in her life to write such thoughtfully emotional words. It doesn’t matter though, because it sounds truthful.
Ahead of the album release, Ace Hotel New York recently hosted Morrissey in its 5 at 5 music series, which brings artists to the hotel’s lobby to play five songs at 5 PM. Premiering exclusively on BlackBook, watch Morrissey’s performance of “Pages of Gold” below, and learn more about the artist here.