Flora Cash emerged at such an intersection. As the story goes, Minneapolis native Cole Randall uploaded his music to Soundcloud. Across the Atlantic, Shpresa Lleshaj stumbled upon his account and started leaving comments under the songs. Facebook messages gave way to an introductory phone conversation, which snowballed into marathon Skype sessions.
Shpresa booked a ticket to Minneapolis. The two soulmates met I.R.L., relocated to Sweden, and finally married back in the states. The duo stitched together a singular style from threads of personal anxiety, struggle, and ultimately triumph.
“The fact that we’re collaborating comes from our relationship, but there’s more to our experience than the relationship,” affirms Cole. “We all lose people, endure hardships, and face issues. We want to talk about all of that.”
“It’s reality, but there is a mystery,” adds Shpresa.
The mystery quietly intoxicated fans and gatekeepers alike. In 2017, their full-length debut, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine), attracted widespread tastemaker praise. Shortly thereafter, the quiet grind paid off as the single “You’re Somebody Else” went viral and attracted the attention of RCA Records.<br>