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Flocke, an indie chamber-pop band, is the project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Nicole Mercedes. Growing up in Los Angeles, she was exposed to music from a young age by her mother, Ellyn Marciano, a musician of original kids’ songs (Ellyn’s Songs). The Disney soundtracks and aesthetics from those days are still a large influence on her music. In the late 90’s, Nicole’s family moved to Israel, where she played in several bands and tried out different musical genres as a teen. In 2012, Nicole recorded her first record “All the Windows,” an exploration of lo-fi sounds and home recording, influenced by artists like Destroyer and Smog. Nicole toured Europe with the self-released album and lived in Berlin for a few months before returning to the States to find a new home in Bushwick. Flocke started when Nicole, inspired by film soundtracks and classical music, wanted to explore making more lush-sounding music, incorporating semi-orchestral arrangements into light pop songs. She teamed up with guitarist and long-time band mate Daniel Roth (Milan to Minsk) and drummer Aaron Mendelson (Isadora), using loopers and lo-fi keys to create a unique-sounding live performance. Flocke’s debut album ‘Bye Polar Bear’ was recorded with friend and producer Joe Rodgers (The Shivers, Kelli Scarr) and will be released in January 2016.

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