A BRIEF HISTORY
Multi-Instrumentalist, singer, songwriter & producer Florence Donovan, otherwise known as Dos Floris creates and performs genre defying electronic/acoustic music that results in emotional, unique and cinematic soundscapes.
Born in London, Florence played the piano and sung from an early age but it was not until a struggle and recovery from anorexia that she took the plunge into a full time musical career. After experimenting with various genres, formations and bands she went solo in 2012 spending 3 years under the staircase at home, Harry Potter style, writing, producing and recording what would become her debut solo album “The Widowed Earth”.
Using field recordings, extensive sound design and learning to play any instrument necessary the creating of the album became not only an artistic endeavour but a crash course in production, recording, arrangement and the agony of choice.
Taking the stage name Dos Floris (Florence and Donovan were already taken) the album was released in November 2015 and made it onto underground bloggers, radio presenters and independent record store’s top 10 best albums of the year getting comparisons to Bjork, Sigur Ros, The Cocteau Twins, Radiohead & Kate Bush.
Her live concerts, like the album are played solo. And she recreates and builds on these sonic soundscapes/songs in real time. Using an array of instruments- looping station, keys, flute and a stringed walking stick as well as costumes and projections her live shows are hypnotic and have earned her the name of “A one woman powerhouse”.
Recent London gig goers have been heard to say, “I had goosebumps for most of it”, “I felt like I was floating in space” and “bloody brilliant”.
Elegant and addictive…a triumphant performance! Every small sonic element fits in…just as astronomers search for the dark matter invisible amongst the bright galaxies, in this music the whole adds up to far more than the sum of the parts” Mike Wright, Cambridge Music Reviews – Dos Floris live at The Red Hedgehog, London, April 2017