Premiere: FLAX’s “Dear B” Is a Bittersweet, Heart-on-Sleeve Love Letter

FLAX © Lucas Hoeffel
New York singer/songwriter FLAX weaves a tender ode to past love in “Dear B,” a poignant and heartfelt acoustic expression of appreciation, caring, and closure.
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How do we let go of the past? Some of us try to forget about it; others repress it; still others consciously say goodbye. Newcomer singer/songwriter FLAX weaves a tender ode to past love in “Dear B,” a poignant and heartfelt acoustic expression of appreciation, caring, and closure.

You were like a kid when I took your hand
Somebody call the police I’m a dangerous man
If you see me again, run as fast as you can
You were once my very biggest fan
Cutie loved the vulgar wise man
I thought of nothing else when I saw you there
I thought of you when I watched the flowers

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the acoustic song “Dear B,” a bonus track off FLAX’s recently-released debut EP FLAX (independently released February 7, 2020). The new musical artistry for Manhattan-born, award-winning journalist Sean Flax, FLAX introduced his project late last year through the hauntingly sweet debut single “Language of the Birds” – a touching song so beautifully sincere that, if you haven’t listened to it, you ought to stop what you’re doing and stream it now:

 




Working with Zack Feinberg (lead guitarist for the platinum band The Revivalists) as his producer, FLAX delivered an incredibly stirring four-track EP earlier this year. His songs flutter in the grey zone between rock and folk, tapping into strains of Americana and roots along the way; though he has been undeniably influenced by ’90s alternative, his charming lyrics and dynamic melodies refuse to be caged by any single defining factor.

The same holds true for “Dear B,” a mesmerizing acoustic number that comes to us like a breath of fresh, warm life. FLAX sings to a former flame atop a stunning acoustic guitar array that he delivers together with Zack Feinberg.

Bloom in June
They’re late but that’s ok
It’s you, it’s you
Don’t you ever go away….
I’ll be waiting at the
beach with a blanket

Or a truck stop bathroom,
I don’t care if it locks or not

I’ll be gentle and I’ll keep it
sentimental at your sister’s wedding

In the middle of a parking lot
I can’t believe my stomach turns
when your name makes it to my ears

I cant believe that I would chase you
through these disappearing years
FLAX © Lucas Hoeffel

FLAX © Lucas Hoeffel



“Dear B” is an audio love letter to a girl I think I knew. I’m aware of its Lolita undertones, but I promise we were age-appropriate,” FLAX tells Atwood Magazine. “My producer Zack Feinberg and I went to The Ice Plant in Queens (New York City) to record live versions of tracks off our recently-released EP, and decided to lay this one down as well for a more tender vibe.”

Now that you’ve grown up I see the change
I kinda like it, but it’s also kinda strange
You say “hello” to remind me you’re still there
I don’t know what to say when they ask me:
Who are you?
The one that could have been
It’s you, it’s you
Let that merry-go-round spin…
(spin, spin, spin, spin)

I don’t know what to say when they ask me: Who are you? The one that could have been….

A singer/songwriter making soulful, vulnerable music, FLAX is a little bit Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz but equal parts Hootie, Brittany Howard, and so on: His voice melts over his guitar work, resulting in powerfully resonant pieces that uplift and inspire. Intimate and cinematic all at once, FLAX is the kind of 21st Century singer/songwriter that excites us most.

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com