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The Ocean Rose

by Wildflower

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    First pressing of "The Ocean Rose." Lacquers cut by Amy Dragon at Telegraph Mastering in Portland, OR, records made by Burlington Record Plant in VT. Beautiful printed insert and labels, best sound, gorgeous packaging. Edition of 300.

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I rode my bike Through the Central Valley at dawn There were endless fields of rice Shrouded in the fog Where a waterbird took flight Disappeared into the morning sky And the road passed me by The empty parking lots Where the factories shutdown Their smoke stacks tall and white Stood without a sound Above the misty fields As I waited for the Spring I drank the steaming air As the sun began rising And the dream began to lift As I listened to the sound of my wheels spin And the Sun came pouring in... Pulling into town Or what remained of it I went into the store The last one that was left An orange and a rose And a couple dusty stamps "Greetings from California" Was all the postcard said
Bombay Beach 04:08
Golden 05:08 video
Dog's Breath 04:39
Wildfather 04:51


The songs of Wildflower are always about place. Written by singer and guitarist Adrian O’Barr on the coast of Maine, they often tell stories of travel, seeking to find the intersection where past meets present. They are walking songs; they are riding songs; they are “wind in your hair” songs; they are songs of endless change.

On their new album, “The Ocean Rose” Wildflower builds a miniature world of nostalgia and wonder. The two distinct halves of the record try to reconcile the revelations of traveling and making a home, interwoven with and haunted by the realities of a changing climate. Filled with West coast fever dreams, blooming summer roses, and the simple pleasures of life on the Atlantic ocean, the album details a search for an elusive paradise on earth, no matter how fleeting or small.

Made up of five close friends, Wildflower performs the songs with a simple and powerful collective warmth. Having honed their sound and deepened their friendship playing up and down the coast of Maine and across the country, every instrument and melody is given space and love. Recorded by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets in the Summer of 2020, “The Ocean Rose” recalls the early 70’s fragility of Neil Young with its focus on openness and live performances. Kacey Johansing and Michael Nau provide beautiful backing vocals to complete the sound.


released September 10, 2021

Adrian O'Barr: acoustic guitar/12 string/leads/vocals
Matthew Maiello: rhodes/piano/organ/synth/wind/sax
Jason Eckerson: bass guitar
Roby Moulton: drums/rhodes
Alex Winthrop: electric guitar/slide/whammy bar

Harmony vocals by Kacey Johansing (Bombay Beach, Golden) and Michael Nau (Dog's Breath, Wildfather)

Recorded and mixed by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket, RI, Summer 2020

Mastered by Heba Kadry

Cover painting by Evan apRroberts
Lettering by Alyssa Piro
Design and layout by Sasha Wizansky


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