My first reaction to Flare's initial release "Bottom" was that it was quite gothic in its quiet guitar arrangements and dreamy, moody (or more to the point, downright sad) vocals courtesy of Mr. LD Beghtol, whom some of you may know as one of the guest vocalists on the Magnetic Fields' '69 Love Songs'. If you are a fan of vinyl, the Magnetic Fields, or Flare, be sure to check out the recent 7" single of Stephin Merritt's remix of Flare's "Celebrate the Misery". Subsequently, they have put out an EP called 'Circa' which is a bit lusher musically (through the use of a marxophone and various ukuleles). There are times when quiet and sad really hit the spot, and for those times there is Flare.
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