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The Flowerthief / Press

“If all these pop/’60s mentions are making local readers hungry, it’s good to know about Christian Motos, a/k/a The Flowerthief. While his work seems to have morphed from the simpler, prettier sounds I heard from him several years ago, what it’s turning into may be more exciting: a kinetic, almost Violent Femmes-ish vibe. Also, I like the thrill of watching an artist hover at the edge of a cliff. Motos has one of the most interesting ranges of interests I’ve seen: beat poetry (hence his stage name), Serge Gainsbourg, Syd Barrett, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles. His oeuvre reminds me of trying to achieve the feeling of a Cocteau film in a coffeehouse, with nearly zip tech – yes, you who howl with laughter – I’ve done it. Part of what makes me say this is his posters (if not the very best, near the top of the San Diego heap), which tell me he still has lots of creativity to unearth.”

“It might be The Flowerthief’s mix of honesty, vulnerability and irony that forces me to crack a smile against my will. I like that. The music is simple and consistently off-kilter, for which I also have a soft spot. They play different rock variations: country-rock, alt-rock, ’60s rock. But it’s always rooted in that good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll.”

“A set of occasionally chamber-leaning pop-rock that expands on Motos’s Rubber Soul–era Beatles and McCartney and Dylan influences to revel in its own warm, melodic voice. And that voice can take surprising directions.”

“Natural Selection delivers a collection of songs that span genres from classic rock, to indie blues all the way to campfire sing along and folk rock, while utilizing many instruments to create a very specific and studio produced musical experience. Certain tracks off the new record will find their way into your head and will keep your foot tapping and head bobbing all day long. Catchy tunes? Acquired.”

“A set of occasionally chamber-leaning pop-rock that expands on Motos’s Rubber Soul–era Beatles and McCartney and Dylan influences to revel in its own warm, melodic voice. And that voice can take surprising directions.”

“Natural Selection delivers a collection of songs that span genres from classic rock, to indie blues all the way to campfire sing along and folk rock, while utilizing many instruments to create a very specific and studio produced musical experience. Certain tracks off the new record will find their way into your head and will keep your foot tapping and head bobbing all day long. Catchy tunes? Acquired.”