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about

NYC dreampop trio, Bipolar Explorer, follow up their critically-acclaimed albums "Of Love And Loss" and "Angels" (Best Albums of the Year, 2013 & 2015 - Ground Control Magazine) with this breathtaking new work. "Eclectic, steadfast, powerful" - PopMatters

ABOUT THIS ALBUM: Their sixth album, NYC dreampop trio Bipolar Explorer follow up their critically acclaimed albums “Of Love and Loss” and “Angels” (Best Albums of the Year - Ground Control Magazine, 2013 and 2015, respectively) with this breathtaking new work.

Released on New Year’s Day 2017, DREAM TOGETHER found immediate praise from WFMU’s Liz Berg as “just a great album for winter” and USC filmmaker and author Alexandra Dennis-Renner writing on the day of its release “in light of a new year, I encourage everybody to snap up a copy of Bipolar Explorer's new album, "Dream Together", that dropped with the ball today. Every song on "Dream Together" is a reminder that the end of one thing is not necessarily the beginning of something new--not a hard reset--but the continuation of what was through the lens of what could be. What will be. And proof that there is always love, hope, and strength in that journey. There's something here for you and you are loved.”

Finding airplay on Irene Trudel's show ("beautiful, great drifty pop, full of sadness and wonder") as well as Joe McGasko's and the aforementioned Ms. Berg, all on WFMU, and charting at #18 on California's free-form KDVS in the first weeks after its release, DREAM TOGETHER was received glowingly in France in a review by Raphael Duprez for Indiemusic Magazine:

"New York’s Bipolar Explorer offers a new album, their sixth, Dream Together (Slugg Records) which is as much a reverie as a dream burning and crawling gently under our bare skins. In perpetual search for the discovery of the unknown, the trio delivers a work as simple as it is majestic and pure. The guitars charged with reverb and delay, voices and choruses distant but warm, all in an atmosphere as moist as light, like a refreshing breeze before the storm. Daring and emotionally naked, doubtless this record may undo some. But we must yield to the temptation, the inexorable attraction of these magical and nostalgic, deep and milky songs. Alternatingly dark ("Thirteen", “View”), angelic and aerial (“Dream 3”), painful and urgent (“She Hears You Calling”), catching and cathartic, the album closes with the ten-minute epic "To The Other Half Of The Sky” - loaded with palpable electricity as well as an ultimate tour de force in softness - the group relaxing its muscles and leaving notes hovering long after its ultimate resonances. Devilishly endearing, Dream Together offers that rare possibility for us to traverse vast lands, leaving so primordial a place for our imagination, all by means of sonics that are literally enveloping and vibrating. A LP that is drunk, slowly, to better quench thirst. A walk through the clouds, without worrying about the next day."

DREAM TOGETHER is available both as a digital download and as a limited-edition CD with a beautiful 20-page booklet including song lyrics, narrative poems and vintage photos in the style of a Victorian book of verses, written and conceived by frontman Michael Serafin-Wells and art directed by the New York School of Visual Arts’s Audun Grimstad.

ABOUT THE BAND: Their double-album, OF LOVE AND LOSS (2013) - "The most significantly stirring and addictive musical accomplishment we've come across in some time. Taut, emotional, urgent and altogether haunting” - and its follow-up, ANGELS (2015) - “Electrifying, what music fueled by raw love and emotions sounds like” - each a Critics Pick for Best Albums of the Year by Ground Control Magazine, Bipolar Explorer are an NYC-based dreampop, post-rock group founded by Summer Serafin (vocals) and former Uncle frontman Michael Serafin-Wells (lead guitar & vocals, bass and percussion), notable for intimate, electric live performances, unimpeachable songwriting, uncompromising DIY ethos and their playing without drums.

Featured on the legendary Irene Trudel's show on WFMU ("America's best radio station" - Rolling Stone) who calls their sound "beautiful, great drifty pop, full of sadness and wonder", the band’s newest record, DREAM TOGETHER, is released on Slugg Records New Years Day 2017.

Recorded, mixed and produced by the band at The Shrine in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, DREAM TOGETHER is the group’s sixth album overall and their second in just the span of a year.

In June 2016, the group released ELECTRIC HYMNAL, a sixteen track collection of devotional songs and spoken word (both secular and sacred) - a meditation and sonic prayer for their fallen bandmate, Michael's true love and partner, Summer Serafin - in a limited edition one-time pressing on CD only (no digital), offering it free of charge, as a gift of faith.

Again, praised by Ground Control: "...Get ready to be swept up and away by a prayerful reverie of melodies. Listening, I began to feel like I was flying. Don’t forget that Bipolar Explorer is a post-rock band. Low growling vocals, gnarly grinding tempos, rhythmic looping strands that escape and rise above the weight of this world, where angels and the living mingle…"

The interweaving of spoken word into the band’s work was explained by Serafin-Wells recently in conversation with USC filmmaker, Alexandra Dennis-Renner, who is making a documentary, "Sonic Prayer", about the band.

Having begun work on a live performance art adaptation of their double-album, OF LOVE AND LOSS - first presented as a "concert performance" in Brooklyn in October 2015 and expected to premiere in a found, possibly sacred venue sometime early-2017 - Serafin-Wells says,“the idea of a female voice, a spoken word narrator, came to mind. To tell the story in tandem with the band, supported by film projections. And once I wrote the narrative voice for the live Of Love, that just started to seem a natural thing, making its way into ELECTRIC HYMNAL and DREAM TOGETHER. Ya know? In that way that things sort of cross-pollinate through multiple projects. We were listening a lot to Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of A Dog” at the time and we kinda thought… yeah.”

In artistic collaboration with several visual artist friends of the band, both "Of Love and Loss" and "Dream Together" are conceived for performance as live installation pieces, in intimate, non-traditional settings. Immersive and multi-media, this direction might well be seen as a natural outgrowth of the band’s perennial choice of performance setting - art galleries - and other non-traditional venues.

Forging an unique sound - described variously as shoegaze, dreampop, slowcore, post-rock and minimalist indie - well serves the new songs Serafin-Wells began writing in the aftermath of the tragic loss of the group's female vocalist, Michael's love and partner, Summer Serafin, who passed away after a tragic accident in 2011. She was just 31. At work at the time on a new record, the group eventually returned to those recordings, adding them to a handful of newly written songs post-tragedy and re-conceiving the album as both a testament and tribute to Ms. Serafin – muse, collaborator and True Love - yielding a double-album, Of Love and Loss, released to great acclaim in October 2012.

As Michael told Indiemusic’s Raphael Duprez in a feature about the band (February 2017): “All of this is entirely for her. I often say that our music, each album, is of, for and about her. It’s my way of telling people about her and talking to her myself. That’s the “for’ and “about” parts of the equation. And Summer remains an integral part of the band - not only as its inspiration but, because I have lots of her isolated vocals from other recording sessions - as her voice, both spoken and singing, graces each record. I’ll write songs and fly in her voice. Summer isn’t the main reason BPX goes on, she’s the only reason. She is the reason. And I think I can trust that I’m doing things for the right reason if I always know the reason for it is her. Not out of any ambition other than to honor and conjure her. She’s my conscience..."

Bipolar Explorer's releases include "Dream Together" (2017), "Electric Hymnal" (2016), "Angels" (2015), their holiday album - "BPXmas" (2014), "Of Love and Loss" (2012), the digital-only singles "Watchers and Holy Ones" (2017), "We'll All Go Together" (2016) and "Downtown Train" (2015) and their earlier (pre-Summer) debut "Go Negative". All titles are available on Slugg Records.

credits

released January 1, 2017

Summer Serafin: vocals.
Michael Serafin-Wells: guitars, bass, percussion, vocals.

Additional spoken word - Kim Donovan.

Recorded live, noisily and in a hurry at The Shrine - New York City. Produced by Bipolar Explorer.

Mastered by Scott Craggs, Old Colony - Boston.
Cover image: “Drowse” by Natalia Drepina.
Booklet conceived by Michael Serafin-Wells.
Art direction/layout: Audun Grimstad.

All songs by Michael Serafin-Wells, c. 2017 Thirteen November Music (ASCAP), c/p Slugg Records.

Dream Together is conceived for and imagined as a live performance arts installation with a spoken word narration component and visuals as alluded to within this booklet. For inquiries, visual artist collaboration and bookings, contact the band via their website: www.bipolarexplorer.info

For Summer who filled my life with light and love and who is with me, I know. Not least of all for coming to me in dreams with several of these songs. In that magic place, between sleep and wake, I would quickly reach bedside to sing them into my phone before rising and figuring out the rest on guitar in the light of dawn. Little sweetheart, thank you. I know with all my soul that we are indeed “just a heartbeat apart”. With all my love forever...

-Michael Serafin-Wells, New York City, Jan 1, 2017

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Best Albums of the Year 2013, 2015 (Ground Control), "Magical and majestic" (Indiemusic - France), "Beautiful, drifty pop filled with sadness & wonder" (Irene Trudel - WFMU), Bipolar Explorer are an NYC-based dreampop group founded by Summer Serafin (vocals) and former Uncle frontman Michael Serafin-Wells (lead guitar & vocals, bass, percussion). ... more

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Track Name: Thirteen
(instrumental)
Track Name: Not Alone
Wherever you are
We’re just a heartbeat apart
And I’m not alone
With no arms to hold me
Let your spirit enfold me

I’m not alone

Light my candles
In all and holy trust
Pray over the pieces
But it’ll never be enough
Nobody told me
And the saints ain’t coming through
Help me summon my faith
The same way I believe in you

And should Grace befall
And I hear you call
I’ll know
Let all Grace befall
For I hear you call
It’s so

Through the night with lights on
And into the day
Forever broken
I’ll remain un-awoken
Til I hear you say

Wherever you are
We’re just a heartbeat apart
And I’m not alone
With no arms to hold me
Let your spirit enfold me

I’m not alone
Track Name: Dream 3
When it’s all but over
When there’s no one true
When I fall and failing
When I ache for you
When it’s all too heavy
When I feel so small
When there’s only heaven

The precious spell and time will tell
The world the tale
How I’m in love with you
I do

When the day betrays me
I can only crawl
When I’m far past caring
For myself at all (anymore)
When I’m so forsaken
When the darkness falls
When I pray just to be taken

The precious spell and time will tell
The world the tale
How I’m in love

In holy dreams
You speak and come to me
In a fountain mystic thick
And coolly in your hair
You beckon to
Then kiss and hold me
I beg to stay forever there
Track Name: Radioside
Radioside

Ear to the mirror
To hear ya calling
Sheer veneer
Shimmer and shine
Words ascend, electric speed
Cascade right back to me

On the radioside

You’re all ethereal
Miracle material
Words ascend, electric speed
Cascade right back to me

On the radioside

You’re all ethereal
Miracle material
Track Name: View
(instrumental)
Track Name: Listen
The more I listen for
At silence’s door
The life before
So bruised and sore
My spirit torn
For evermore
If I could only
Fly
Fly to you

No matter where I turn
With every breath I only yearn
And ache and weep
And beg and burn
And pray each day
For your return
Fly
Fly to you

Rest now
In the garden of ours
And I’ll be along
To reverse every wrong
In just a little while
I’ll meet you there
Listen
Through the tallest of trees
And the warm Summer breeze
In just a little while
I’ll meet you there
Track Name: Fireflies
(instrumental)
Track Name: Ever and Ever Forever
Hey!
Shine your light on
Shine your light on
Shine your light on me

You’re a sight for sorest eyes
The most heavenly surprise
And I believe, yeah I do I believe,
I believe ‘cause of you

Hey!
Shine your light on
Shine your light on - shine your light on me

A thousand times I prayed to die
Just to let me find you somehow inside the sky
But now I see
Yeah, it’s true I can see
I can see ‘cause it’s you

Shine your light on me...

And you never left my shattered heart
You’re all and everything I ever wanted from the start
And I believe, yeah I do I believe,
I believe ‘cause it’s you

And all the pain that came before
All those fled no-weather friends
It doesn’t matter anymore
I believe!
I believe and it’s true!
I believe!
And I’m here now with you!

Shine your light on!
Shine your light on!
Shine your light on me

Ever and ever forever and ever
And I don’t mind
Ever and ever forever and ever

Shine your light on!
Shine your light on!
Shine your light on me!

You’re a sight for sorest eyes
The most heavenly surprise
And I believe, yeah I do.
I believe,
I believe ‘cause it’s you

Ever and ever forever and ever
Shine your light on me
Track Name: Along Those Lines
(instrumental)
Track Name: She Hears You Calling
She hears you calling

Early this morning
As day broke to dawn
As dreams gave way to waking
I heard this psalm
Your angel was there with a message she sent for you
She’s heartsick and worried
And only wishes you knew
‘Cause it’s so very true

She hears you calling

She knows how you're aching and lonely
The pain you can hardly bear
But lead with your heart and don’t break apart
She’s preparing a place for you there

She hears you calling

And she remembers and loves you more
Than merely mortal
On earth
You could ever know
And she promises
Just keep the faith
In the blink of an eye
Together you’ll go

She hears you calling
Track Name: Tail O'er Fin
Well, it’s two if by sea
One if by dry land
And it may not be the way
We had things planned
But the riptide’s strong
And I can’t see the shore
I’m under for the third time
And you’re the stuff
Of mariner’s lore

Don’t you know that I’m all the way in?
Head over heels
And tail right over fin

Trailing your long red hair, you take me there
Down twenty thousand leagues
It's magic there
And I don’t care
That I can’t really breath
As we swim by
And seahorse ride
Smile each aquatic friend
Past Octopus Garden
So happy, I’m starting
To get the bends

If it’s only just a dream
Don’t wake me
Don’t wanna know
Take me wherever your spirit may lead me
Into the deep blue
And below

Curled up with you on the seabed I’ll come to know
Gratefully in your arms in our new home
Life’s as before In this parallel universe
All lost is found
Thank god I drowned
Ya know?
It could be worse...

Don’t you know that I’m all the way in?
Head over heels and tail right over fin
With you
Track Name: To The Other Half Of The Sky
I need you more than ever

Tell me the story
Of where we come from
And then return
So deep inside my heart
Where you’ll remain and always burn
The most beautiful spirit
Ascension!
The miracle made true
Blessed, precious treasure
Need you more than ever

I need you more than ever

God bless your soul

I need you more than ever