14 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flagship’s 2012 EP Blackbush drew attention to singer Drake Margolnick and his affecting baritone, which reminded folks of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis (although Margolnick's voice also works as a falsetto). Flagship's 2013 self-titled debut moves well past that comparison to establish a group identity that's flexible but consistent. Producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Youth Lagoon) encouraged the band to capture what it could live in the studio. A kinetic energy is heard throughout, with Michael Finster’s drums and Christopher Comfort’s bass working extremely well with Grant Harding’s keyboards to create both grooves and atmospheres. The immediacy of “Are You Calling”—with note-perfect harmonies from second guitarist Michael Padgett—demands to be a single and the album’s lead-off cut. “Break the Sky” works on a grand anthemic scale, with “Waste Them All” (said to be recorded in one take) and “Wagon” preferring to settle in as tone poems working at a smaller scale. “Hollywood Underwater” stretches out at the piano before turning extraterrestrial. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Flagship’s 2012 EP Blackbush drew attention to singer Drake Margolnick and his affecting baritone, which reminded folks of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis (although Margolnick's voice also works as a falsetto). Flagship's 2013 self-titled debut moves well past that comparison to establish a group identity that's flexible but consistent. Producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Youth Lagoon) encouraged the band to capture what it could live in the studio. A kinetic energy is heard throughout, with Michael Finster’s drums and Christopher Comfort’s bass working extremely well with Grant Harding’s keyboards to create both grooves and atmospheres. The immediacy of “Are You Calling”—with note-perfect harmonies from second guitarist Michael Padgett—demands to be a single and the album’s lead-off cut. “Break the Sky” works on a grand anthemic scale, with “Waste Them All” (said to be recorded in one take) and “Wagon” preferring to settle in as tone poems working at a smaller scale. “Hollywood Underwater” stretches out at the piano before turning extraterrestrial. 

TITLE TIME

More By Flagship

You May Also Like