Honored in the Critics Poll of Best Albums of 2013 by Ground Control Magazine as "the 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 I've come across in some time", OF LOVE AND LOSS (Slugg Records) is the second record from NYC's minimalist indie rock band, Bipolar Explorer.
A double-record, OF LOVE AND LOSS, is both a testament and tribute to their fallen bandmate, Michael's Love and Partner, Summer Serafin, who died, tragically, from injuries after an accidental fall.
The record is an eclectic mix of the studio recordings made with Summer on dual-vocals and the home ones written and recorded by Michael after her passing. Of, for and about Summer, the disparate sounds comprising "Of Love and Loss" seem entirely appropriate given Summer’s own fierce commitment to retaining the immediacy of the band’s demos in all “proper” releases.
Proceeds are marked for the memorial fund in Summer’s name: Summer Serafin Memorial Transplant Fund, c/o University of Minnesota, Minnesota Medical Foundation, PO Box 64001, St. Paul, MN 55164-0001.
released October 26, 2012
Summer Serafin: vocals
Michael Serafin-Wells: vocals, guitars, bass, percussion
Jason Sutherland: guitar, backing vocals
Sean Lahey: guitar, backing vocals
All songs written by Michael Serafin-Wells - c.2012 thirteen november music (ASCAP).
Additional guitar, bass & percussion ("Flag Day", "No Answer") - Alan Foreman.
Recordings: Alan Foreman (Brooklyn) and Michael Serafin-Wells (BPX mobile).
Mastering: Scott Craggs, Old Colony, Boston.
Produced by Bipolar Explorer
Cover: "Mediterraneo" by Alex Alemany (www.alexalemany.com
Photo courtesy of the artist. Used with the artist's permission.
NOTE: This record is of, about and for Summer Lindsay Serafin. Our beloved bandmate. The love and light of my life. My gingersnap. My little sweetheart. My conscience. My protector. My soulmate. My treasure. My true one. My critic. My holy collaborator. My trusted confidant. My partner. My only one. My truth. My best friend. My life. My everything. She passed from this world on March 18, 2011 from injuries sustained after a tragic, accidental fall. She was just 31.
At that hour, as we left the hospital weeping, at that hour that I vowed to take her name, we looked up at the sky and the clouds parted to reveal a celstial event known as the perigee-syzygy or "Supermoon" when the moon, earth and sun align, the moon passing in its closest orbit to the earth - a phenomenon that occurs once every 17-20 years. Once in a generation.
Diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at the age of five, Summer was, in 2007, the recipient of a double-organ transplant - kidney (her brother, Ryan) and pancreas (anonymous donor). These surgeries saved and changed her life (as she did mine). Proceeds from this record are marked for the transplant fund in her name, so by purchasing this record, you have already helped. Thank you.
Please consider a further donation to this very worthy cause via: Summer Serafin Memorial Transplant Fund, c/o University of Minnesota, Minnesota Medical Foundation, PO Box 64001, St. Paul, MN 55164-0001.
Thanks to the Serafin family.
All for you, sweetheart. Until that day. Until that day.
New York City - August 2012