SUNFLOWER BEAN – ” Human Ceremony ” Best Albums Of 2016

Posted: July 2, 2016 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Listening to the debut album from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean is a bit like flipping through some smart stoner’s impeccably refined record collection. All the correct drone-rock references are present: the Velvet Underground at their beachiest, the Autobahn liftoff of vintage Seventies Kraut-rock, the Eighties drug-punk of Spaceman 3, recent garage-grind aesthetes like Ty Segall, and the entire college-jangle canon from early R.E.M. to the Smiths to Real Estate and beyond. Sunflower Bean take these influences and shape them like Silly Putty into sweet, ingenious psych-pop songs that are more economical and compact than you’d expect from a band whose hottest tune is called “Wall Watcher.” There’s New York dripping out of every pore of this record, its hip, it’s arty and oozes catchy melodies from start to finish.

Formed in Brooklyn in 2013, Sunflower Bean, the hardest working band in New York state, released last year an acclaimed EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets.
This debut album, Human Ceremony, co-produced by the band and Matthew Molnar, delivers on that initial promise.
A heady mix of psychedelic harmonies, 80s tinged jangle pop, and straight ahead power pop, it features a host of great tunes, high quality instrumentation, and delicious vocals.

What marks them out as future stars, other than their striking physical appearance (singer and bassist Julia Cumming, 19, has modeled for Yves Saint Laurent, while 20 year old Nick Kivlen bears more than a passing resemblance to the young Bob Dylan), is the power and confidence in their delivery of the material.
The lyrics are winsome, and varied in their subject matter

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