Wyvern & Worm
Harry Flowers is an Antipodean writer and musician of English origin. He was in a few bands in Melbourne in the early 2000s and then moved to Texas where he 'went solo'. In 2006 Harry Flowers moved to the city of Ratae in the northern Roman province of Britannia where he lives and works today. Wyvern & Worm is his first full-length album. --o0o-- 'Okay. Liner notes. Are we sitting comfortably...? Wyvern & Worm is an album about England. I was born here, but left for the Antipodes when I was still quite young. I retained fragments and figments of the country, but these were mixed in with the unreliable recollections of a child - fantastical, impressionistic, memories shuffled like a deck of cheap tarot cards. England became a mythic place for me, a repository of old thoughts and feelings, a cipher for what lay in the deeper recesses of a muddled psyche. I didn't return to England until 2006. Summer was ending and it rained a lot. Everything was at once vividly familiar and incomprehensibly strange to me: It was like the vestiges of my childhood self had suddenly reanimated themselves and were walking the streets in a grown man's body. I started seeing the world once more through a child's eyes. I'd love to be able to explain in plain language how those first few months affected me, but I can't. The experience can only be described indirectly, through music. In the Spring of 2009 after a particularly difficult winter, the songs came to me in a sudden rush, a purple patch of songs. The result is Wyvern & Worm. I'm sure we've all felt this kind of dislocation at some time in our lives. But how to capture the mood, these ineffable undercurrents of feeling? Well, you can't approach the subject directly. Any fool can be blinded by the sun. The only way to even get close is to approach one's quarry from side on, obliquely, and armed with an ample supply of metaphors and symbols, characters and scenes. That's what I've attempted on this record. Musically, things are fairly straightforward - I have used the palette of 60s English psychedelia in it's earlier pop formulation (short, structured, melodic) to paint my strokes, but have tried to avoid dreaded pastiche. The result is, I hope, evocative of a certain mood, balanced between two worlds - of horror and wonder, disgust and delight, exuberance and melancholy; in approaching something deeply personal, my fondest hope is that the listener is able to glimpse, if only for a moment, something universal, a truth about the world" - Harry Flowers, July 2011 --o0o--.