August 11, 2022

“Simply present up, preserve it open, preserve writing, see what occurs, and the extra scared you might be of what you’re making, in all probability the higher it’s.”

It is a piece of recommendation producer Jacob Portrait gave Sunflower Bean whereas engaged on their third full-length, Headful of Sugar. Singer/bassist Julia Cumming recollects this second whereas reflecting on the time she and her bandmates — guitarist Nick Kivlen and drummer/engineer Olive Faber — spent decamped in Upstate New York sending new materials backwards and forwards to Portrait. It was a six-month interval throughout the pandemic that allowed the trio to dive into no matter sonic swimming pools struck their fancy, an exploration their collaborator inspired.

The result’s a really genre-less 11-track effort that arrives this Friday, Might sixth. All that point exploring completely different sounds has a led to an album that touches on digital dance (“Put up Love”), crunchy indie through Gwen Stefani (“Child Don’t Cry”), industrial goth (“Beat the Odds”), soiled glam (“Roll the Cube”), and psych rock (“Headful of Sugar”) — all with a candy pop edge. However that’s only one half of the place the “sugar” comes from.

There’s additionally a operating theme concerning the empty energy of the world round us, the issues that preserve our brains buzzing however go away us unfulfilled on the finish of the day. “The sugar was each referring to the quick leisure and communication that we have been partaking in, that was heightened throughout the pandemic,” along with the report’s poppiness, explains Cumming. “[It was] our dream of eager to make one thing in a darkish time that was enjoyable.”

On the identical time, Kivlen was feeling “extra answerable for [my] skills and extra self assured in [my] capacity to put in writing”; Faber had taken up engineering/producing, giving her the newfound capacity “to harness that fucked up magic that we now have all within the field,” and guiding her in direction of higher drumming as she “started to grasp how they really work within the track and what to do with that.”

Rising abilities and the sudden time to discover allowed Sunflower Bean to push themselves in new instructions, even when all of it led to 1 vacation spot: making one thing actually candy about issues that have been sickeningly sugary. Mixing all these sounds and topics with a distinctly pop edge provides the report, as Cumming places it, “that feeling of your favourite playlist. It’s this sort of playlist that we’ve made for you that exhibits our tastes, our fashion, and is firmly dwelling within the now and sooner or later.”

It’s, in a caramelized nutshell, their most Sunflower Bean album but.

See what else Sunflower Bean has to say about making their newest report through the video interview above. You can too catch the band on their spring tour launching at this time by grabbing tickets right here.

Bother viewing the video interview? Watch on YouTube.

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