Thursday, December 21, 2017

Rome - Flowers from Exile (2009)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Rome - Mass Mensch Material (2008)

In which Rome (temporarily) does away with dark ambient and industrial, landing closer to pure neofolk than ever before. However, it's easily the most big-hearted, populist neofolk I've ever heard, with crisp, sparkling production to match. And every song is among Rome's best -- the kind of songs that speak to the human condition in such a way as to actually help us to better understand it. Flowers from Exile helped me get through one of the hardest periods of my adult life, and remains an absolute all-time favorite of mine. Like, top 10 material.

Track listing:
- Flowers from Exile -
1. To a Generation of Destroyers
2. The Accidents of Gesture
3. Odessa
4. The Secret Sons of Europe
5. The Hollow Self
6. A Legacy of Unrest
7. To Die Among Strangers
8. A Culture of Fragments
9. We Who Fell in Love with the Sea
10. Swords to Rust Hearts to Dust
11. Flowers from Exile
12. Flight in Formation

For what binds us to our grief
Binds the sculptor to his clay

Also listen to:
Espers -
Espers (2003)
Woven Hand -
Consider the Birds (2004)


  1. I could not agree more about the quality of this album. Beguiling. I'm jealous of those who are about to discover this.

    1. So glad to hear that you agree. I truly love everything by Rome, but this one's particularly near and dear to me. Cheers!

  2. Never listened to this before...
    Fantastico stuff! Thanks forma the discover!

  3. My favorite Rome!

  4. Without your sterling work I would probably never have got to hear this colossus of a record. Indebted big time.