SUMMERLOVE

Michael's blog for his late-girlfriend, love and partner, Summer Serafin. The scattershot beginnings of a memoir...

BIPOLAR EXPLORER / TREMOSPHERE

Michael's bands - acclaimed NYC-based dreampop trio Bipolar Explorer and celebrated NYC shoegaze duo Tremosphere. News, audio, video and links to their nine albums on Slugg Records.

Bipolar Explorer's page on Wikipedia.

"COLLECTED PLAYS"

The first anthology of Michael's works for the theatre, Collected Plays, published by The Ginger Press, avail via Amazon.

New Album 

The band are currently at work in NYC on their 9th album, tentatively entitled "Deux Anges". With Summer's tracks already recorded, Michael and Sylvia are busy completing basic tracks. It's a big record, quite possibly another double (the band's third double)! Expected release late spring, as ever on Slugg Records. Watch this space!

German Radio Debut and Winter Solstice Broadcast of "Til Morning" 

Michael is at work both on the book and the band's 9th album at the moment in New York.

Meanwhile, the band had its German radio debut over the weekend, as Radio TFSC featured "Flag Day (Summer Dream Version)" from their double-album Sometimes in Dreams on the broadcast.

Also, we've just learned that Canadian podcasters Limbocast will play the group's album Til Morning Is Nigh in its entirety Saturday evening December 21st - the night of the Winter Solstice. Watch this space and/or navigate to the Bipolar Explorer website for news about the special broadcast and how to tune in online.

 

 

For Summer on her 40th Birthday 

The band assembled and released this video at midnight to honor Summer on her 40th birthday, today, November 13th. From their 2018 double-album, Sometimes in Dreams - "Flag Day (Summer Dream Version)". A thousand divine angels watch, bless and keep you, little sweetheart.

 

Documentary - The Making Of "Til Morning Is Nigh" 

A mini-documentary about the making of Bipolar Explorer's 8th album, Til Morning Is Nigh, is being released episodically over six weeks via Slugg Records and can be seen on the band's YouTube channel.

 

Featuring six interviews with Michael, filmed in iconic locations in NYC, and five music videos from the album, new segments are being released on New Music Fridays beginning August 16th.

 

As of this writing, Parts 1-3 are available as well as the first three music videos. Watch on YouTube and/or the Slugg Records website. Part One below.

 

Filmed on location in intimate, iconic settings in NYC, this series of interviews was intentionally recorded to evoke the nature of a quiet conversation. ENABLE SUBTITLES/CC in settings (the little CC button) to fully enjoy.

 

Dutch radio debut, new BPX single and more... 

The spring and early summertime have seen much activity and international attention for Michael's work with Bipolar Explorer.

 

It all kicked off with a glowing review from London for the group's latest album, Til Morning Is Nigh, published in the seminal indie UK music journal, The Sound Projector. The band's London radio debut followed, as tracks from both Til Morning and 2017's Dream Together were featured over several weeks on London's great Resonance FM, including the June 24 radio debut of the band's epic 11 minute track, "To The Other Half of The Sky", Dream Together's closer - famously described by France's Indiemusic as the group's "tour de force".

 

In May the band was invited to contribute a sonic work for inclusion in a special event broadcast of London's The Dark Outside. Accordingly, Michael composed and the band recorded a new track, The Dark Outside, The Light Within, for London 87.7FM, which premiered during the 24 hour broadcast on the night of the summer solstice in collaboration with The London Borough of Culture, live from Waltham Forest. On July 17, the band released the track as a digital single, exclusively via Bandcamp and Slugg Records.

 

Finally, on July 19th, the band made its Dutch radio debut on The Netherlands's Radio Hoogeveen - their post-rock program De Mist featuring the band's song "Never" from their 2018 double-album, Sometimes in Dreams.

 

Currently, Michael is at work on the band's ninth album, expected release on Slugg Records early 2020; the second Tremosphere album; and the first book of memoirs about Summer, Of Love and Loss - Book One: Summerlove, coming soon on Ginger Press.

Live from London! 

The band made its London radio debut over the weekend. Featured on London's Resonance FM, the legendary Ed Pinsent played two tracks from the band's latest album, Til Morning Is Nigh, on his landmark Friday night show, "The Sound Projector".

 

Then on Monday night, the group was back on the London airwaves, this time on Resonance's absolutely essential post-rock/experimental show "Sonic Imperfections". Nigel and company had very kind words for the band's work and featured two tracks - "Thirteen" and "View" - from Dream Together.

 

Click on the show titles above to hear each program in its entirety. Thank you, Ed, Ian, Nigel and everyone at Resonance FM!

For Summer 

To honor their fallen bandmate and co-founder, Summer Serafin, on this, the anniversary of her tragic passing, the band release a new video of "Necessary Weight" from their 2018 double-album, Sometimes in Dreams. With all my love, little sweetheart, forever.

 

Tremosphere 

Two weeks from today Tremosphere, BPX's sibling in dreampop, will release its debut album on Slugg Records.

 

It features Michael on guitars, bass, organ, synth, tape loops, percussion and backing vocals and Sylvia Solanas on lead vocals and spoken word.

 

As you may have noted, Sylvia also voiced spoken word (in French) on the new Bipolar Explorer album, "Til Morning is Nigh" and is BPX's newest member.

 

Tremosphere's debut is called INTERIORS and features 7 new songs - lyrics by Ms Solanas, music & additional lyrics by MSW.

 

The new project began last February with the release of a single ("Lost & Found") and continued after Michael's near death experience in May, after getting run over by a car, hospitalized, then suffering a pulmonary embolism, his heart stopping for 10 minutes. Sylvia took the cover photo in the ICU a few hours later.

 

More news about the new album, which will be available both digitally and on limited edition CD starting Feb 15th, soon.

 

2018 In Review 

2018 comes to end with Michael and the band being honored for both of the Bipolar Explorer albums released - Sometimes in Dreams and Til Morning Is Nigh - last year.

 

Sometimes began the year praised by France's Indiemusic as "Unforgettable and essential - this is a major record" climbed the WFMU album charts, reaching the #19 spot by May and entering NACC's Top 200 simultaneously, before closing the year cited by Les Oreilles Curieuses for its "celestial and spell-bounding compositions alternating between spoken word and emotional flights of lyricism, astounding us with beauty. Brilliant, luminous and cathartic. Puts shoegaze back into a state of grace."

 

Til Morning, released on November 23rd, was equally praised both by the aforemention Les Oreilles Curieuses as "Dreamlike and enchanting" and by Portugal's Shoegazer who named it to their Best NYC Albums of the Year at the #5 spot.

 

The album also found praise from WFMU's Carol Crow, who premiered the album's signature track "Angel Frequency" on her show and described the album as "Ethereal music that sends the listener up towards the heavens to sit aloft on the clouds above. A melodic conversation of sound is taking place with gleaming angels shining in the bright blue sky, dulcet voices taking form and weaving their golden threads in and out of the musical expanse, as if taking their cue from the sun's warmth as it beams forth.  A cloud coolly passes overhead for a moment and upon its passage, we feel the heat once again and the sun's rays shine even brighter than before.  A truly ascendant album to be listened to any time of year."

So, today finds us looking back with gratitude for such kind words in a year where his life was nearly taken (literally leaving this life for 10 minutes in the ER) and looking forward with faith and purpose to 2019.

 

Michael's new project, Bipolar Explorer's sibling in dreampop, Tremosphere, will release their debut album, Interiors, on February 15th and work on the first book of memoirs for Summer continues with a fervent hope of publication by Christmas. 

 

Again, thank you with love to all angels celestial and earthbound. With love and faith...

Double Review From France 

France’s Les Oreilles Curieuses has published a double review this morning of both of the band’s 2018 releases - SOMETIMES IN DREAMS and their newest, TIL MORNING IS NIGH.

Link here: https://lesoreillescurieuses.com/2018/12/08/bipolar-explorer-sometimes-in-dreams-til-morning-is-nigh-a-dream-of-christmas/ 

 

Excerpts (translated from the French):

 

SOMETIMES: ...“We couldn’t talk about 2018 without mentioning Bipolar Explorer. The New York dreampop/shoegaze trio continue to deliver - celestial and spell-bounding compositions alternating between spoken word and emotional flights of lyricism, astounding us with beauty. Brilliant, luminous and cathartic. Puts shoegaze back into a state of grace.”

-Les Oreilles Curieuses (France) ... 

 

TIL MORNING: “Eleven months have thus passed after their moving double album, “Sometimes In Dreams”. And yet this has not been enough for Bipolar Explorer to not come back and enchant us yet again for this end of the year, this time with a more conceptual album titled “Til Morning Is Nigh: A Dream Of Christmas”. Bipolar Explorer explores (no pun intended) the Christmas tradition with their luminous and enchanting dreampop/shoegaze through tracks still as minimalist but also dreamlike with among others "Bethlehem", "Oh That We Were There" and "Mille Anges Divins" and with solemn compositions such as "Gabriel", "Midwinter", as well as "Angel Frequency". Til Morning is Nigh is quite a bold tale, divided into 23 musical chapters. If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, Bipolar Explorer is more than an option."

-Les Oreilles Curieuses (France)