The music of new Austin duo Flora & Fawna summons a deep city groove – rhythmically incessant, icy cool and modern. You can almost hear it echoing through nighttime concrete canyons. Yet there’s also something warm and soulful about the way songwriters and multi-instrumentalist songwriters Lili Hickman and Mason Ables blend their voices into one. Both native Austinites, the two met by chance at the Spider House. Ables was playing in a soul band, Hickman, daughter of Austin songwriter Sara Hickman, was playing folk music and looking for other musicians to round out her sound. Flora & Fawna’s eponymous debut EP will be released on September 26th, with a record release party at Cheer Up Charlies.
– Jeff McCord