British Singer Liana Flores Makes a Playlist For Her Fairytale World

Liana Flores

Photo courtesy of Liana Flores.

This is SOUND ADVICE, a weekly destination for playlists curated by Interview’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gathered playlists from SISSY MISFIT, Genesys, and Thugpop. This week’s guest is the London-based, British-Brazilian singer Liana Flores, who began her career in 2013 serenading YouTuber admirers with uke covers and is now set to release her debut album, Flower of the soul, later this month. Flores’ sound is what you’d imagine fluttering out from the pages of a dusty, leather-bound book of fairytale books, and her writing about the natural world calls to mind the musings of Virginia Woolf. The teaser single out now, “Orange-coloured day,” pauses to revel in the everyday and evokes, as she put it to us, “Sunset! Aliveness!”. Before embarking on her first ever headlining tour, Flores carved out the time to make a us her very own playlist and answer our Sound Advice questionnaire, paying dues to her style inspos (Helena Bonham Carter, the elves from Lord of the Rings), and the Indian comfort dish she luxuriates in post-show.


Where do you dance? In my room or at a party.

Who’s the queen of pop? Kate Bush.

Who are your style icons? Helena Bonham Carter, Gal Costa, the elves in Lord of the Rings.

Bluetooth or wired headphones? Bluetooth but they should invent ones that don’t run out of charge.

Your new single is called “Orange-Coloured Day.” Describe the color orange in three words: Sunset! Aliveness! Tangy!

What song do you wish you wrote? “The Windmills of Your Mind” by Noel Harrison.

Go-to post-show meal? Dal & rice.

In the spirit of your upcoming album, what’s your favorite flower? Lavender.

Who’s in your musical coven? Ichiko Aoba, Nai Palm, Joyce Moreno, Vashti Bunyan, Hope Sandoval, Joan Baez, Weyes Blood, Rozie Ramati, Hemlocke Springs, Ha Vay.

What song on this playlist makes you feel free? “Light Flight” by Pentangle. “Let’s go away you say, find a better place…”

What song on this playlist makes you cry? “A Song is Born” by Naomi Lewis, sweetness makes me cry.

Favorite album artwork of all time? At the moment .. Yoshiko Sai – Taiji no Yume.

What’s your guilty pleasure? The Phantom of the Opera. 

Who do you trust most with the Aux cord? Myself.

Sunglasses inside: yes or no? Compulsory in strobe lighting.