Michael Louis Serafin-Wells




by Bipolar Explorer

Released 12/02/2014
Slugg Records
Released 12/02/2014
Slugg Records
New York's minimalist indie dream pop rockers bring their emotive, moody vibe with this Christmas album of traditional carols and one new original holiday work.
  • 04:27 Story Lyrics It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    In dreams I weep to wake from

    Because I'm bound to you

    Oh, thank god for the day

    I was ever found by you

    The snow was falling

    And so did I

    So sweet and kind and true

    It made me cry

    To ever have to say goodbye

    It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    I can feel your footstep on the stair

    Smell your ginger sweetness in the air

    And I know you're everywhere

    It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    I can feel your footstep on the stair

    All I want is just for you

    To take me with you there

    In dreams I weep to wake from

    Because I'm bound to you

    Oh, thank god for the day I was ever found by you

    So I'll remember, darling

    What you said

    About a life of love, so better led

    It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    (Spoken) Michael: Happy Christmas, Summer.

    (Spoken) Summer: I can't wait til you're here!

  • 04:30 Emmanuel
  • 06:19 Story In the Bleak Midwinter
  • 04:54 Story The First Noel
  • 04:34 Story Silent Night
ABOUT THIS RELEASE: Hailed as "eclectic, steadfast and powerful" (PopMatters) and "taut, urgent and altogether haunting" (Ground Control) NYC's Bipolar Explorer bring their emotive, moody indie-rock dreampop vibe to this new collection of Christmas songs. Featuring one original holiday composition and new arrangements of four traditional carols, recorded, according to the band, "live, noisily and in a hurry" at their studio in Hell's Kitchen. Credits and a short bio of the group follow...

Summer Serafin - vocals
Michael Serafin-Wells - guitars, bass, vocals, percussion
Jason Sutherland - guitar, backing vocals
(... guitarist emeritus hiatus - Sean Lahey)

Produced by Bipolar Explorer
Art direction: Sean Lahey
Photos: Scott Bezsylko
Mastering: Scott Craggs – Old Colony

As ever, this record is of, for and about our fallen bandmate, my love and partner, Summer Lindsay Serafin (11/13/79 – 3/18/11). “She was like that device they use in open heart surgery that cracks your chest open and holds it gaping, wide, so you can be healed. That fragile little muscle, scarred and scared and on the verge of giving out, giving up, held now, tenderly, in her expert hands, beneath her loving, healing gaze. Love you forever. Goodnight, little sweetheart... -Michael Serafin-Wells, New York City - December 2014

ABOUT THE BAND: Their double-album Of Love and Loss honored in the Critics Poll of Best Albums of 2013 by Ground Control Magazine, hailed as "most heart-stirring album of the year, it feels and sounds like music that is really from inside someone's own skin, skeleton, bloodstream and remains the most significantly stirring and addictive musical accomplishment we've come across in some time", as "taut, emotional, urgent and altogether haunting" in the same publication's original May 2013 review and by PopMatters as "eclectic, steadfast and powerful - making new and truthful music", Bipolar Explorer are an NYC-based minimalist indie rock group featuring Summer Serafin (vocals), former Uncle frontman Michael Serafin-Wells (lead guitar & vocals, bass and percussion), Jason Sutherland (guitar & backing vocals) and occasional guests. The drummerless group - once quoted as being “basically not-quite-former punkrockers who decided to try playing not so damn loud and without a drummer, partly out of necessity and partly to see if we liked it” - are currently poised to release both this Christmas EP, "BPXmas", and the follow-up to "Of Love and Loss", an EP called "Angels", on Slugg Records.