New York City’s favorite rock band Sunflower Bean – comprised ofJacob Faber (drums), Julia Cumming (vox/bass), and Nick Kivlen (vocals/guitar) – just released their latest EP – King Of The Dudes – and we’ve got some thoughts. (Yes, we understand the level of our claim, but try them on for size if you haven’t yet and you just might agree!) Starting with the title track, the EP introduces some pretty great guitar parts before the vocals are even introduced. As the song sets the tone to the EP with its badass edge, the fact that it serves as such strong social commentary is simply entrancing. “Come For Me” is no exception, and preceded the release of the EP with flying colors, attracting the attention of the music industry in an intense and fun way.
“Fear City” has more of a 90s rock feel to it instrumentally, a sunshine-y disposition to start. but delves into nooks and crannies of vocals that don’t necessarily reflect that positivity. And that’s OK, because this band has somehow mastered a heightened use of distraction with their soundscapes, intricate and beautiful in their existence. Of course, Sunflower Bean pulls off a vintage flare with last track “The Big One”, leaving us all tapping our toes and feeling like we can take on the world.
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American rock band from New York, Sunflower Bean – consisting ofJacob Faber on drums, Julia Cumming on bass and lead vocals, and Nick Kivlen on lead guitar and vocals – is back with the follow up from their last album Human Ceremony titled TwentyTwo in Blue. The new album has eleven songs in total and is arriving March 23rd. The sound has a softer, sweeter, and more rich tone to it, honing in on topics people can relate to.
Singer Julia Cumming lends her vocals to the track “TwentyTwo”, which addresses about society’s expectation of women and what they are supposed to be in the world. Another single from the album is titled “I Was a Fool”. The song is about love that will make you happy, yet sad at the same time. The song is about the dizziness of love and how confused it makes you feel. “I Was a Fool” makes you feel all the emotions of love at once.
“Crisis Fest” humbles us, discussing men in uniform and a feeling of utter hopelessness in tense and uncertain times. Lines about storming the kingdom are highly relatable to modern militant rules, though might be super relatable in the every day, a sad but lesson-inspiring truth.
It is clear that Sunflower Bean has found their voice with their new album. TwentyTwo in Blue will be available March 23rd. Keep up with Sunflower Bean here.
New York based trio Sunflower Bean – comprised of Jacob Faber (drums), Julia Cumming (vocals/bass), and Nick Kivlen (vocals/guitar) – released their latest track “I Was A Fool” to welcome November, and we haven’t stopped spinning it since. While, ideally, we’d tell you that the song has a nostalgic, 70s sound to it, we acknowledge after hearing almost a year of some of the most incredible vintage-sounding releases, there comes a time when you realize there is a pattern that makes it a modern sound trend again.
The thing is, that doesn’t happen with Sunflower Bean. Though it certainly begins in the 70s, “I Was A Fool” doesn’t belong in just one timeframe, not even in just a single decade. Instead there are many influences, an incandescent haze settling over all of it to bring a warmth to the sound that is both unique and inviting in its glow. Julia’s ethereal vocals again take front seat with those rose colored feelings, taking some of the most melancholic lyrics and making them feel carefree and light.
“I Was A Fool” is out now. Keep up with Sunflower Bean here.