"Mesmerizing. A tiny gem that beguiles."
-The Sound Projector (UK)
"Beautiful great drifty pop, full of sadness & wonder."
-Irene Trudel, WFMU
"The most stirring & significant musical accomplishment we've come across in some time"
-Ground Control (Toronto)
"Celestial & spell-bounding compositions astounding us with beauty. Brilliant, luminous & cathartic. Puts shoegaze back into a state of grace." -Les Oreilles Curieuses (France)
"Ethereal music that sends the listener up towards the heavens to sit aloft on the clouds above. Truly ascendant."
-Carol Crow, WFMU
ABOUT THIS TRACK:
“The Dark Outside, The Light Within” is the new single by NYC-based post-rock trio Bipolar Explorer.
Composed by Michael Serafin-Wells and recorded by the band for London's "The Dark Outside" experimental radio program. A special event held over 24 hours on the summer solstice, this piece had its exclusive broadcast premiere June 20th, 2019, live on London 87.7 FM, from The Hunting Lodge of Waltham Forest in collaboration with the London Borough of Culture.
A limited wider digital release of the track (Bandcamp and Slugg Records only) begins July 19, 2019.
ABOUT THE BAND:
Bipolar Explorer are an NYC-based dreampop, post-rock trio featuring Summer Serafin (vocals, spoken word), Michael Serafin-Wells (guitars, vocals, bass, organ, synth, melodica, tape loops, percussion, spoken word) and Sylvia Solanas (spoken word - English/French).
On November 23, 2018, the band released its 8th album, TIL MORNING IS NIGH - hailed as "dreamlike, luminous and enchanting" by France's Les Oreilles Curieuses - the follow-up to the band’s celebrated seventh album, SOMETIMES IN DREAMS - "Unforgettable and essential. This is a major record" (Indiemusic -France), which reached the #19 position of WFMU’s album charts in May 2018 and entered the top 200 of the North America College and Community Radio (NACC) listings. In March 2019, the band made its London radio debut, featured over consecutive weeks on Resonance FM.
Recorded, mixed and produced by the band at The Shrine in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, TIL MORNING is the band's eighth album overall and their fourth in just the span of twenty-eight months.
This new limited release single, "The Dark Outside, The Light Within", was composed and recorded for London's experimental radio show "The Dark Outside" and premiered in a special event broadcast on June 20, 2019 - the night of the summer solstice - on London's 87.7fm.
The signature interweaving of spoken word into the band’s work is described by the UK’s Norman Records as “a cross between Slowdive and Laurie Anderson - a late night radio transmission drifting to us, half asleep in bed”.
Forging an unique sound well serves the new songs Serafin-Wells began writing after the tragic loss of his partner, BPX co-founder, Summer Serafin, who passed away in 2011, just 31.
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. Summer remains an integral part of the band - not only as its inspiration but, because I have an archive of her isolated tracks, her vocals grace each new album as I 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."
The band are currently at work on their 9th album, expected release early 2020, on Slugg Records.
released July 19, 2019
Summer Serafin - vocals, spoken word.
Michael Serafin-Wells - guitar, bass, percussion, organ, tape loops, vocals.
Sylvia Solanas - spoken word.
Composed by Michael Serafin-Wells, c/p 2019 Thirteen November Music (ASCAP).
Recorded and mixed live, noisily and in a hurry at The Shrine, NYC.
Produced by Bipolar Explorer.
Mastered by Scott Craggs, Old Colony - Boston.
Cover photo by Sylvia Solanas.
c/p 2019 Bipolar Explorer, Slugg Records and Thirteen November Music (ASCAP).
We first heard a track - "Night Ships (Sea Mist)" - from this album on SOMA-fm, found Swartz et here on B/C, and bought the next morning. It's been in heavy rotation ever since. Gorgeous stuff! Bipolar Explorer
We listened to this album obsessively every day for a couple of months after we first heard it. It's boldly all instrumental, lush, richly melodic and just a tremendous album. Full of emotion. Love! Bipolar Explorer