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.
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.