News: b-flower announces new single, “The Eternal 59th Second”

“The Eternal 59th Second”, the latest single from b-flower, has been confirmed for digital release on the 7th of October through the band’s own label Seeds Records. In 2012, Kyoto-based b-flower released the aptly-titled “After All This Time”, and in …
By Sean Mulrine

“The Eternal 59th Second”, the latest single from b-flower, has been confirmed for digital release on the 7th of October through the band’s own label Seeds Records.

In 2012, Kyoto-based b-flower released the aptly-titled “After All This Time”, and in doing so ended their hibernation that began way back in 2001. Since then, they’ve been slowly building up to something exciting, re-recording old songs and putting together new ones, taking their time, making sure everything is just as it should be, just right. (On top of that, some of the members released one of 2013’s finest albums, 33 Minutes Before The Light, under the name Livingstone Daisy.)
“The Eternal 59th Second” is a self-cover of a track from their last album b-flower, which was released in 1998. The more poetically-minded among readers might well recognise the title as a line from Richard Brautigan’s novel Trout Fishing in America:

It was like the eternal 59th second when it becomes a minute and then looks kind of sheepish.
“Good,” the girl said, and kissed me on the face.

That same sense of warm intimacy is something that runs through a great deal of the band’s output, so it’s fitting that Brautigan himself is the inspiration for the band’s name, b-flower being derived from “Brautigan Flower”.

Actually, the name of b-flower may be familiar to followers of the UK indie-pop world, having released two singles in the UK through Liverpool-based independent label Sugarfrost (who are currently undergoing a revival of their own, having just released their first single in almost 20 years ) and in particular receiving favourable reactions to their legendary-in-the-right-circles 7-inch “Stay Still”. Their gentle sound and the simple honesty in its delivery were the standout point for listeners like NME and the late, great John Peel, rendering the notion of a language barrier null and void.

After all this time, that same musical sense still remains with the members, as proved by this recent rough demo of a new song by frontman Hachino Hideshi , “Boku wa Boku no Kodomo-tachi wo Sensou he wa Ikasenai” (which translates to “I Won’t Let My Children Go Off To War”.)

Concealing great beauty in a deceptive purity, that’s classic b-flower, and hopes for this newest release are high. (A quiet, modest kind of hope, of course.)

b-flower’s “The Eternal 59th Second” will be released on the 7th of October 2014 through Seeds Records internationally through iTunes and Ototoy.