Flamingo is a conversation with someone in the grips of losing themselves. Reuniting with Self Talk producer Burke Reid (The Drones, Courtney Barnett), Bartley has conjured a heady cocktail of adrenaline, guilt, desire, black comedy, singalong hooks, detailed scene-building and emotional release – an effort to, not reflect, but transmit and elevate her experience.
“The record explores how grief and desire are intertwined. It’s referencing a personal tragedy – the addiction and loss of someone very close to me,” says Bartley. “But it’s not a project of catharsis – I chose to submit myself to this experience because I wanted to create from inside it, rather than simply explaining it. I’ve tried to borrow from my own grief to create its inverse: something new; a territorial hope affair; a love letter from the living. It’s the most personal I’ve ever been, but also the most confident. I feel this has given the album its force.”